April 25: Put Big Society test with our Sutton Bank HGV petition

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From: Coun John Sharp, Sutton under Whitestonecliffe, Thirsk.

THE community in the parish of Sutton under Whitestonecliffe, North Yorkshire, has joined together to test the ideology of David Cameron’s Big Society.

There have been concerns over a number of years regarding the A170 road at Sutton Bank and its fitness for purpose in respect of use by heavy goods vehicles.

If the police are informed that a vehicle has got stuck, they will give assistance.

Then, depending on the size of the vehicle, they are either turned around in the emergency lay-by or make use of a junction located some 1.8 miles from Sutton Bank.

The Parish Council is representing a community which has major concerns about the safety of road users on Sutton Bank; damage to property by HGVs attempting to turn around in private driveways; and the waste of taxpayers’ money caused through continual call-outs of the police to assist stranded lorries.

Ignoring the problem is no longer a viable proposition and action is now required. No responses to date from the Department for Transport, but if you have first-hand experience of blockages, please consider signing the online petition at Petitions24.com Sutton Bank.