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Petition to stop lorry nuisance

By Hayley Robinson

An online petition has been launched in response to concerns about lorry drivers reversing and turning their vehicles outside schools and homes in Murston.

Residents fear that Murston Junior and Infant pupils could be injured or even killed unless steps are taken to stop HGV drivers trying to reach Sittingbourne’s Eurolink Industrial Estate by turning from the A2 London Road at Snipes Hill into Murston Road.

Problems arise when the drivers realise too late that their lorries won’t fit through traffic-calming measures in Church Road.

The lorries then mount the path as they try to make a U-turn at the junction with Tonge Road.

As a result Tonge Road resident Jim Hall has had his garden wall damaged several times.

The petition, which has been started by ward councillor Dave Banks (Lib Dem), asks Kent Highways for better signage on the main roads warning drivers of no through ways and advising them of alternative routes.

He said: "I’ve had meetings with Kent Highways who promise to do something about it but nothing has been done.

"We’re asking for better signage on the A2, better signage in Castle Road, raising the pavement on the corner of Tonge Road and putting some protection around Jim Hall’s wall."

To sign the petition visit http://sittingbourneandsheppeylibdems.org.uk

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