Lindfield Village HGV Weight Restriction

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Problem

In the last five years it has become commonplace for developers / farmers / landowners to submit planning applications for land fill sites to supplement their income. At the same time the Government has required all District Councils to produce local plans to build more housing. As a consequence builders / developers need to get rid of excavated material. The farmers / landowners have provided the solution. This has meant increasing heavy truck movements (HGVs).

Lindfield has endured 32 tonne trucks, for the past four years, travelling to land fill sites at Hill House Farm, Fullingmill Farm & Northall Farm, Fletching. Recently convoys of Matthews trucks going to the landfill site at Tully’s farm at Turners Hill have used the village as a “rat run”, with up to 30 per day going and the same number returning fully loaded.

Solution
On safety grounds, to prohibit HGVs in excess of 7.5 tonnes (except for local access), using the B2111 (Lewes Road) between Lindfield High Street and Gravelye Lane. This will be achieved by granting a Traffic Regulation Order for a 7.5 tonne weight limit.

This will protect the pedestrians and cyclists in Lindfield from heavy trucks using the village as a through route.