City councilors call for an end to ‘Juggernauts’ through Hangleton

Fearing school children, there are calls for “Moloche” to be banned from residential streets.

Local residents in Hangleton have expressed anger that their normally quiet streets have been swamped by trucks and other lorries.

Councilor Dawn Barnett, who represents the area, said: “Extremely heavy vehicles are making laps of streets including Hangleton Valley Drive, Broad Rig Avenue, St Helen’s Drive and Hangleton Way, affecting neighborhood amenities and causing vibration under houses.

“Residents want the council to take action to prevent these juggernauts from using residential streets and we are calling on the council to introduce road weight restrictions.”

Cllr Barnett also said she saw one of the trucks climbing the pavement along Hangleton Way and expressed concern for the children as the new school year began.

“We have four schools in the area and a lot of kindergartens, but I was standing up there the other day and one of these big juggernauts didn’t have much room to get past the cars.

“This is a nature reserve – residents shouldn’t have to put up with it.”

Hangleton colleague Nick Lewry said: “These heavy articulated vehicles don’t fit into the area at all.

“These residential streets are ‘unclassified’ local streets and are part of the Hangleton Conservation Area. It wouldn’t be tolerated in other parts of the city, so it shouldn’t be here.”

Councilors believe large numbers of HGV vehicles could be linked to heavy-duty driving lessons, with residents claiming drivers in the area are being trained to adapt to narrower roads.

Cllr Barnett said: “I know they have to learn to drive, but when you have these great juggernauts around Hangleton – it’s ridiculous.”

The couple have started a petition on the local Conservative Party website calling for a weight limit to stop the vehicles using them.

The petition will be presented to the Council at the next General Assembly later next month.

A spokesman for Brighton and Hove City Council said: “We will consider the petition in accordance with our agreed democratic procedures.

“It would not be appropriate for us to comment on this before the councilors of a relevant committee have had an opportunity to consider and discuss it.”

Latest figures show that the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency conducted 74 percent more truck driving tests in the first three months of this year than before the pandemic, amid a nationwide shortage of truck drivers. City councilors call for an end to ‘Juggernauts’ through Hangleton

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