Officials reject plea for new speed limit on route to West Norfolk sewage plant
A West Norfolk councillor has called for a new 30 miles per hour speed limit to be imposed on the road leading to a sewage treatment works.
County transport officials are being urged to introduce the restriction on Clockcase Lane, Clenchwarton after a committee heard it would support action already taken by the plant's operator, Anglian Water.
But the idea was rejected by officials during a meeting of Norfolk County Council's infrastructure and development select committee this morning.
And ward councillor Alexandra Kemp believes that view goes against the authority's policy on the issue.
She told the meeting the council's own speed management strategy stated "the norm" was for lorries to be limited to 30 miles per hour on routes which pass through settlements.
She said Anglian Water had introduced a geofencing system, which uses technology to limit the speed of its lorries.
And she added: "We need to have the whole of the road put to 30 miles per hour so it underpins what Anglian Water are doing."
But Tom McCabe, the authority’s head of paid service, said officers did not have the power to act outside the guidelines for speed limits which had been agreed by councillors themselves.
He said: “If you’re a driver who hasn’t been in an area before, you should be able to judge from the local environment whether it’s 30, 40, 50 or higher.
“If Anglian Water are introducing geofencing, it means their vehicles will be slowed down which I’m sure will go a long way to meeting those concerns.”
Concerns have been raised over many years about the speed of lorries using Clockcase Lane to access the treatment works and the impact of vibrations from them on nearby homes.
A Clenchwarton parish council meeting last Thursday heard concerns about the times at which lorries were going to and from the works, amid claims some were using Clockcase Lane as early as 5am.
Miss Kemp asked for people living in the area to contact her with any issues.
And the meeting heard that a resident is already recording the times at which lorries are using the lane.