HGV weight limit for town road due

Shots of traffic using Ballaquane Road, Peel''It is due to be widened

Shots of traffic using Ballaquane Road, Peel''It is due to be widened

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A WEIGHT limit to prevent heavy goods vehicles using Ballaquane Road in Peel is due to come in.

In June the Isle of Man Examiner reported that a weight limit could be imposed to prevent heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) using it as a through road.

The weight restriction will instead make Ballaquane Road ‘more of a residential road’, according to the Department of Infrastructure.

However, this news concerns Peel Commissioners because HGVs coming from the east and heading north will have to go through Church Street on their way out of Peel.

Derek Sewell, DoI network operations manager, explained previously that, as there is no parking allowed in Church Street during the day, it meant that this route through Peel was available for HGVs or commercial vehicles to use.

The commissioners will be discussing the issue at its next meeting that will be held on Tuesday (November 15).

Mr Sewell previously stated that most HGVs coming into the town go through Peel. They either have business in Peel or immediate areas around Peel, such as Glenfaba.

At an earlier Peel Commissioners meeting the board noted a response from the planning officer regarding the issue of a temporary planning permission for JCK Ltd to operate a recycling business in Lhergydhoo.

It was agreed by the commissioners to find out when the temporary permission was granted and the board has since found out that a year’s temporary licence was granted to the company on June 17.

Commissioner Rodger Gimbert said: ‘I think that it is great for residents on Ballaquane Road that there is to be a weight restriction implemented.It is a start in removing HGV vehicles from using Peel as a short cut!

‘I hope that when the Peel Board of Commissioners discuss the weight limits for Church Street at next week’s meeting, that we continue to push for a weight restriction to be placed on all of Peel to exclude heavy goods vehicles, except those delivering within Peel.’

When the 7.5 tonnes weight limit of vehicles laden or unladen is brought in on Ballaquane Road it is expected that there will be exemptions, such as emergency vehicles and buses, as the road is part of a bus route.

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