Will six month experimental restriction on Silverless Street solve the HGV problem?
Since Marlborough News Online reported before Christmas on the latest plans to resolve the problems of unsuitably large HGVs using Silverless Street as a short cut to the High Street and damaging properties - especially Dormy House - more work has been done by Wiltshire Council to try and solve the problem.
Several trucks hitting buildings as they turned out of Silverless Street had led to the recent installation of 'Unsuitable for HGVs' signs at both ends of this street. However, with these signs in place, the Town Council reported that HGVs are still driving along Silverless Street and causing damage to buildings, particularly at the junction with Kingsbury Street.
At the Marlborough Community Area Transport Group (CATG) meeting in September 2015 it was decided to investigate installing 'No Entry' signs at the A346/Herd Street entrance to Silverless Street.
The lengthy process of securing a traffic order is need to support the implementation of 'No Entry' signs. So Wiltshire Council is now proposing to introduce an experimental order for the signs which can be installed without initial consultation.
However comments can be received during the first six months of operation of the experimental order before a decision is made on whether to make the order permanent or to it being removed.
The use of an experimental order will mean that advertisement of the order and installation of the signs will be undertaken together. Comments received will be filed by Wiltshire Council and Marlborough Town Council will be notified of any comments so they can be involved in the decision on whether or not to request a permanent order at the end of the six month period.
Wiltshire Council stress that this traffic order is experimental only and if it is found to be unsuccessful in preventing HGVs from using Silverless Street or is unacceptable to residents, it can be ended and a different solution to the HGV situation looked at by CATG.
The works package for the signs has been issued to Balfour Beatty. And Wiltshire Council is aiming to have the work begun during week starting February 8.
In addition, a new 'Unsuitable for HGVs' sign will be installed later outside the Town Hall to discourage HGVs from entering Kingsbury Street from the High Street, and so prevent them from trying to turn into Silverless Street.