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Weight restriction campaigners set up Facebook page

Thursday 2nd June 2011 (Andrew Griffiths)
Weight restriction campaigners set up Facebook page

A CAMPAIGN group calling for a weight restriction on a major Burton road has revealed how it intends to step up its fight.

Shobnall Traffic Action Group (STAG) drew up the plan at its latest committee meeting when deciding what actions to take next in its bid to crack down on lorries using the B5017 Shobnall Road, Forest Road and Henhurst Hill as a shortcut to Burton business parks.

STAG is calling for a 7.5-tonne weight limit restriction on the B5017 due to concerns about noise, damage to cars and the safety of pedestrians and local schoolchildren.

Janet Shand, who is spearheading the campaign, told the Mail: “It was a good meeting, with committee members reflecting on the success of the recent public meeting, which clearly showed the level of support and concern from local residents.

“Four STAG members had a meeting with Burton’s MP Andrew Griffiths, who said he was supporting our campaign.

“He said that he felt the situation had been going on for ‘too long’ and that there was clearly a case for a weight limit to be placed on the road, which could possibly be achieved ‘within a couple of months’.” She added: “Mr Griffiths and East Staffordshire Borough Council leader Richard Grosvenor have written to Mike Maryon, the leader of highways at Staffordshire County Council, inviting him and his officers to visit the road and to meet with STAG members to see the problem at first hand and to listen to reasons why a weight restriction would be appropriate.

“STAG had already written to Councillor Maryon, and is very grateful for the additional support of Mr Griffiths and Councillor Grosvenor.” Mrs Shand said STAG’s next step would be to to prepare a case for the meeting with Councillor Maryon.

“Our intention is to prepare our case for this meeting in the first instance, while continuing to make plans based on the output from the public meeting to coordinate any future larger-scale action involving members of the local community which may be necessary.

“We need to go through the official channels first.

“In order to keep the community updated with STAG’s progress and action plans, we have also set up a Facebook page. We will be placing a brief resume following each committee meeting on notice boards throughout the area including at Shobnall Community Centre, Henhurst Social Club and bus shelters.

“This will also contain contact details if anyone wishes to comment or provide feedback individually to the group.

“In the meantime, we are urging all concerned community members to continue to write to their local councillors, MP and the Mail to pledge their support for the ongoing campaign.”

The group can be found on Facebook at

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