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Friday, 31 October 2014

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Protest group logs number of lorries using main Cumbrian road

An action group – set up to tackle the increasing numbers of large lorries using the busy A596 – says it will be compiling a list of complaints to send to local councils.

Bill Finlay photo
Bill Finlay

The group – which has eight members – met this week to discuss the way forward after members of Aspatria town council became concerned about the number of HGVs using the Thursby to Workington road.

They are particularly concerned about the number of trucks loaded with timber going to Workington’s Iggesund Paperboard plant to feed its biomass boiler.

The Siddick plant needs 517,000 tonnes of wood a year which arrive via the A595 and A596.

Councillor Bill Finlay, chairman of the group, said: “The origin of the problem is the planning process from 2011 for the new biomass boiler which hasn’t taken into account the increase in traffic. We will be submitting our dossier of complaints to the county and borough councils for consideration.

“In the long term, the group would like to see more timber being transported via Workington Port and on the rail line. In the shorter term we are looking at the route the lorries take and their speed.

“One of our members is already conducting a survey counting the number of lorries passing through Aspatria at different times of the day and which haulage firm they are from.

“I will be writing to the new MEPs to find out what influence they might have.”

Mr Finlay said the next step would be to pull together the findings from the ongoing research.

The next meeting of the action group will be held on June 24 in the Local Links building in Aspatria. A further public meeting will be organised for a later date.

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