VOLUNTEERS in Farthinghoe are hoping they are taking the first step towards banishing freight lorries from their picturesque village.
For more than a decade village residents have endured heavy lorries thundering through their village just a few feet away from homes lining the narrow and winding High Street. Parents are even walking their children the long way to school, which is also close to main road.
A group of around 15 villagers have now formed an action group to tackle the problem. And with the help of Northants Action with Communities in Rural England (ACRE) and Northants County Council they have begun monitoring the number of lorries travelling through the village.
David Boyd of the Farthinghoe Road Action Group (FRAG) said in the past individuals had tried to tackle the problem, but now he hopes with a unified voice they might be able to persuade the Highways Authority changes are needed.
Mr Boyd added: “It’s been an ongoing issue for the village over the last ten years. They tried to get a bypass and various other solutions to no success. They have managed to change the road layout slightly where the school is and put up different signs, but it has been a slow process.
“So we’ve formed this action group so it is not just one person, it is a group of people who might give the campaign a bit more clout.”
Mr Boyd said the first step was recording officially how many lorries and cars pass through the village at particular times of day and over the next few weeks members of the action group will be standing at the side of the road, noting traffic levels on clipboards.
He added: “The last survey was six years ago, so we are kind of forcing the issue with the county council, and hopefully these figures will help us get to the point where we might get a weight restriction and get some of the bigger lorries off the village roads.”
Mr Boyd said part of the problem was lorry drivers relying on sat navs, and that the group will also be approaching sat nav firms to get their routing advice changed.
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