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Published:Thursday 4 September 2003

On Tuesday 7 October, Rutland County Councilís cabinet will study the responses from formal consultation and decide whether to implement the final phase of the councilís proposed HGV restrictions on the C8319 through Thistleton.

The formal consultation period finished on 26 August 2003 and 23 responses, including a petition, were received, both for and against the proposals.

Many villagers felt the number of HGVs that pass through the village were dangerous, particularly for pedestrians walking along the narrow footways. Hauliers objected on the grounds that it is the most direct route to and from the A1 and it will cost firms more to take other routes.

The cabinet will consider all responses received and make a decision on whether or not to go ahead with implementing the proposals.

The HGV restrictions and the phased programme of implementation are part of a county-wide scheme as contained in the Local Transport Plan.

Legitimate use of these roads by local businesses should not be affected by the proposed restrictions. The aim is to reduce the amount of 'rat-running' by HGVs travelling cross-country by encouraging them to only use roads that are suitable for HGV traffic.

Access within this area for loading and unloading would be retained provided HGVs use the most direct route from the nearest A or B road.

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