A group consisting of members of Clean Air for Henley, The Henley Society, County Councillor Stefan Gawrysiak and resident Amanda Chumas carried out a photographic survey on Wednesday morning on how many large HGVs passed down Bell Street and New Street between 9.00-12.00 noon.
They took photos of large lorries they believed were using Henley as a cut through with some drivers waving at them! In the 3 hours 217 HGVs were captured.
County Councillor Stefan Gawrysiak organised the survey as part of his evidence which will be submitted to request that Oxfordshire County Council apply and introduce a 7.5 tonne weight restriction limit for Henley. All HGVs who have a valid reason for delivering within 5 miles of the town will be given a permit under the scheme. Amanda, a resident on Bell Street and retired solicitor is helping to build the case with Stefan.
Stefan said, “We just thought we would get a group of like minded residents together and just do a sample on the spot photographing session recording the number of HGVs who are coming through the town. Just to exemplify that there are lot coming through the town and that they are causing damage to properties and making lives of residents a misery with noise and air pollution. It’s another part of the evidence jigsaw. We have got the raw data from Stantec (traffic survey consultants) but that is just a series of numbers but this is physical evidence of the lorries coming through. We plan to do more of these in a month’s time hopefully with a whole group of people to do all of the entrances including HGVs coming over the bridge and turning left. We would love to hear from any volunteers who would like to help with this.”
David Dickie said, “It’s a good start but there’s lots of work still to do. We’ll learn what questions we can’t answer today and see how we are going to do that. It’s an evolution.”
Geoff Luckett from The Henley Society said, “The Henley Society seeks to preserve and enhance all that is good about our beautiful town. The unnecessary incursion of HGVs using the town as a short cut contributes to congestion, increased pollution and danger to property, other motorists and pedestrians. Our Executive Committee Members were only too keen to participate in this survey and were gratified by the many comments received from passers-by whilst the survey was being undertaken. There is a perfectly good network of roads suited to the use of HGVs and these should be utilised for the good of us all and we must ensure that Sat Nav coordinates are changed to direct traffic to these major roads. The Henley Society fully supports the campaign being headed by Amanda Chumas and Councillor Stefan Gawrysiak.”
The Herald started a petition for residents to sign to also help with the case. If you haven’t already signed it, please go to https://www.change.org/p/oxfordshire-county-council-traffic-regulation-order-to-ban-hgvs-who-short-cut-through-henley/