Anger over village bridge restrictions

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A PARISH councillor has expressed his anger at East Riding Council over an imposed weight limit on a village bridge, claiming there has been no consultation with the affected councils.

The weight limit on Sutton Bridge, Sutton-on-Derwent, was introduced after damage was caused to the bridge parapet being hit by a lorry last year .

The decision means that heavy goods vehicles are now forced to divert through Bubwith, Foggathorpe and Holme-on-Spalding Moor, where their respective councils say they have had no opportunity to comment.

Chairman of Holme-on-Spalding Moor Parish Council and East Yorkshire Independents candidate, Chris Worral said: “We now have many more heavy vehicles coming through our villages and we have had no input into the process. We weren’t invited to speak or even informed of the meeting when the decision was made.”

However, East Riding Council say a final decision is yet to be made on whether the restriction will be permanent.

A spokesman said: “The difficulty with a local weight limit such as that introduced on Sutton Bridge is that an improvement for one community often results in increased problems for nearby communities as a result of the displaced HGV traffic.

“This has occurred in the case of Sutton-on-Derwent and there is unlikely to be a solution that will satisfy all concerned.

“It is intended that a report on the matter will be submitted to the Council’s Environment and Transport Overview and Scrutiny Committee in June and all representations received will be included for consideration.”

The council was forced to close the bridge in early 2010 after an HGV had ploughed into it.

The Grade II listed bridge was initially shut for several weeks, but after meetings between residents and East Riding Council it was agreed that the bridge should open until the correct stone was found.

Having located the materials and contractors, the council closed the bridge again in June with work completed by late July.

While some in Sutton-on-Derwent and Elvington have supported the restrictions, others have been set against it.

Business owners who need the bridge open to lorries have been particularly vocal, claiming it is affecting trade and fuel costs due to the lengthy diversions.