BBC News South reporter Angie Walker came to Henley this morning to interview Town & County Councillor Stefan Gawrysiak and resident Amanda Chumas about the campaign to get Oxfordshire County Council to apply for a Traffic Restriction Order 7.5 tonne weight limit to stop HGVs using Henley town centre as a short-cut.
The Herald was delighted to receive an email from the BBC yesterday and helped with the co-ordination of the filming today after we started the petition last week. The petition has now gathered over 600 signatories to support the campaign and we would like to help it reach the next target of 1,000.
Stefan told Angie today that there was a 150 HGVs and lorries pass through Henley every hour during rush hour and the large number was evident when we watched the filming. Both Stefan and Amanda talked about the problems that the HGVs cause which is not only air pollution but the danger to pedestrians, noise pollution to residents, damage to the environment, listed buildings and pavements.
Amanda said afterwards, “I’m very pleased that BBC has picked up on the online petition. It really helps to publicise the campaign for the 7.5 tonne weight limit. The fact that they were able to capture on film the dangers that these enormous HGVs pose in our small town, with its narrow streets, will really help to demonstrate what I am so concerned about. I’m very grateful to the Henley Herald as well for initiating the online petition.”
To sign the petition go to https://www.change.org/p/oxfordshire-county-council-traffic-regulation-order-to-ban-hgvs-in-henley