Roads weight limit is ignored by some
Dear Sir, — I would like to respond to the article “Potholes are described as ‘disgusting and dangerous’” on page 48 of the Congleton Chronicle of Thursday, 20th February, as I am mentioned by Richard Campey in the article.
I am sympathetic about the state of the roads, particularly in rural areas.
Mr Campey writes of the meeting I attended with highways and himself regarding potholes on Marton Hall Lane. During that meeting, several years ago now, we noted the state of the road, both near the entrance to Campey Turf Care Systems and also between two gates where cattle cross the highway from field to field. At both those locations the road was damaged.
It could be clearly seen that there were potholes, at the location of the entrance to Campey Turf Care Systems, where large and small vehicles enter and exit the Campey business. In addition, overflow vehicles use the highway lay-by opposite the entrance as extra parking and for turning of larger vehicles.
Nevertheless, I supported the request to make improvements to Marton Hall Lane, which were done. The road was repaired according to the standard.
Additionally, as my inbox shows, residents are concerned about the numbers of heavy vehicles over 7.5 tons that use weight restricted rural roads as short cuts, rather than for access. Unfortunately, some drivers ignore the 7.5ton limit and damage our roads further.
It is well-known that many of our rural roads were originally built for horse and cart rather than the heavy, large vehicles that use them today.
Rural residents, farmers and owners of commercial enterprises on country roads will be well aware of the damage caused by greater quantity and weight of vehicles using these roads. — Yours faithfully,
(COUN) LESLEY SMETHAM