Simon Vallance, left, and campaigners with the petition. Picture: Tony Jones

Campaigners fighting for a ban on HGVs in their residential streets are urging Norfolk County Council to respond to their petition – more than six weeks after it was submitted.

Around 370 households in the B1144 Vancouver Avenue to Tennyson Avenue area signed a petition calling for the authority to impose and enforce a 7.5 tonne limit on vehicles using the roads.

They also demanded a 30mph speed limit be effectively enforced, with further traffic calming measures considered.

When the petition was presented on May 22, the group was told it should receive a response within 10 working days, but so far members have heard nothing.

Simon Vallance, of the B1144 Action Group, said: “We are frustrated. The petition guidelines are very clear on the council’s website and we were told to expect a response by the end of May.”

Residents say their lives are blighted by lorry drivers using the area as a cut-through to get to the town’s docks. They say their properties shake, damage is caused to buildings and they feel unsafe.

Mr Vallance said: “It’s dangerous – forget the damage to our houses – it’s dangerous to get out of your car with lorries coming down at 40mph.”

The action group is holding a public meeting at 7pm on Wednesday, July 19 at King’s Lynn Football Club, where they hope a representative from the council will be able to present their plans for the area.

Mr Vallance added: “People have been challenging the county council for years about this and got nowhere. What we are trying to do is make them understand the strength of feeling from residents. There are at least 350 households – representing about 1,500 people – who are unhappy.”

A Norfolk County Council spokesman said: “We can confirm the petition was received in May. As the situation has been continually evolving, we have not been able to provide a formal response to a situation as we didn’t want to provide information that was then out of date.

“However, our highways team has been regularly keeping the lead petitioner up-to-date with the reasons for this delay and will continue to do so. We hope to be in a position to formally respond by the end of the day (Friday).”

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