Thank you for your phone message.
Just to clarify the position, at yesterday’s EDT committee meeting the committee instructed the officers to investigate and bring back to committee a paper with options and recommendations with a view to improve the situation re HGV’s on the B1111. This is good news and pleasing that it was a unanimous decision from members.
What happens now is that officers will look at many aspects of what it would mean if access was limited and what the impact would be on the road network and other areas such as Thetford, the 1075 etc, consult with road haulage bodies such as Road Haulage association (RHA) and haulage companies. This will involve some time and money so with all the funding constraints we are fortunate to get this on the agenda.
I must stress that this by NO MEANS guarantees that a ban on through traffic will be implemented or there will be any change to the status quo. At this point in time we have taken one step further in the process.
Officers will bring a paper back to EDT committee sometime later this year. According to Tom McCabe, he would guess it would be sometime in the Autumn but it could take longer. The paper will give options with a recommendation to the committee based on their professional opinion from the investigations and findings. It will then be for the committee to decide the course of action.
I would urge a huge degree of caution at this stage and wouldn’t want to raise expectations? I think it was regrettable that the chairman gave an officer an opportunity to address the committee prior to the presentation as it gave me a negative impression of their intentions before they had even heard the presentation.
That said however, there is cause for optimism as the members were largely in agreement that the situation needed addressing.