Action to be taken over HGV's using Silverless and Kingsbury Streets
Wiltshire Council is taking action to prevent any further instances of HGVs trying to turn into or out of Silverless Street and endangering nearby buildings - such as Dormy House - and pedestrians.
The latest meeting of the Marlborough Community Area Transport Group (CATG) was told that Wiltshire Council's Highways Department has already applied to make Silverless Street 'No Entry' from the Herd Street end.
Unitary Councillor Nick Fogg, who has been campaigning for action to be taken, told Marlborough News Online: "This should mean an end to HGVs colliding with buildings and getting jack-knifed at the other end, which comes as a great relief to those whose buildings were being crashed into."
The street will not become one way. It will continue to be two way, except there will be no access from the Herd Street end. A number of residents of the street had proposed that the street be made 'No Entry' from the other end - prevent it becoming a 'rat run'.
The proposed 'No Entry' system would be introduced and monitored over a six-month period, which will give interested people a chance to comment and make alternative suggestions if they wish.
It was agreed that the HGV warning sign in Kingsbury Street should be removed. It was generally considered that it had been counter-productive. Before it was erected, there were no records of HGVs damaging buildings as they attempted to turn into Silverless Street from Kingsbury Street. Since the sign was erected, at least three such incidents have occurred: "No tears will be shed about its removal."
It was also agreed at the CATG meeting that there should be a sign by the Town Hall advising HGV drivers that Kingsbury Street was unsuitable for their vehicles. This would be advisory rather than prohibitive and would not hamper necessary deliveries, but might go some way to reduce the number of jams that occur on the sharp bend by Patten Alley.
Councillor Fogg summed up the meeting: "It was gratifying that, after months of pressure, something has been finally done to avert what many felt was tragedy waiting to happen."
CATG holds a fairly small annual budget from Wiltshire Council to decide on small-scale improvements to local roads - particularly as regards safety.