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Lorries anger Alvechurch residents

Lorries anger Alvechurch residents Lorries anger Alvechurch residents
Updated: 11:13 am, May 07, 2015

LORRIES thundering through the night are keeping residents awake in sleepy Alvechurch.

Neighbours on Red Lion Street claim their village has a 7.5 tonne weight restriction and therefore the vehicles, from M.A.C. Contracting Ltd, should not be driving through its streets.

Resident John Hanson is particularly concerned about the noise, which he says has now reached a crescendo.

“It’s getting us pretty frazzled and the lack of sleep generally grinds you down.” he said.

“I am really struggling with all of this – it is detrimental to your health.”

Two of Mr Hanson’s neighbours suffer with health issues and are also enduring sleepless nights.

Margaret Leonard suffers from emphysema and bronchial asthma.

She said: “It is terrible. It feels like the lorries are in the house with you, it is dreadful.”

Another resident, Ben Essex-Ross, has Marfan Syndrome which involves a defect of his aorta.

Ben has a registered assistance dog and said the stress could spark a medical emergency in him.

Mr Hanson said the lorries tend to start driving past his house after 11pm and can continue in both directions until 4am on some mornings.

A transport clerk at M.A.C said the vehicles are making their way to overnight road repairs on the M5 and M42.

The route through the village is the quickest and most direct in order to avoid weight restrictions and was unaware of any weight restrictions on the route.

The Canal and River Trust have commented there is no weight restriction listed on their system for the bridge at Callow Hill.

However, an engineer will visit the site over the next few days to assess the state of the bridge and to see if a restriction would be appropriate.