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Plea made to ban lorries from road

A PLEA has been made to close a busy road at Sowerby to heavy traffic and lorries.

Blakey Lane is used as an access from the A168 to Sowerby Front Street.

But damage to the listed Blakey Bridge in May means the road has recently been shut to most traffic.

One resident said that since then, locals have been able to use Blakey Lane without fear of being run over.

Don Cartridge said: "Everyone who goes down the lane are all saying the same thing - that it is wonderful.

"They feel safe and children are playing on the road, old people in wheelchairs can use it, so can joggers and horse-riders.

"And it would solve the problem of lorries damaging the bridge. We could make it one way and put bollards up to warn vehicles."

He said the move may also save money for North Yorkshire County Council, which has spent more than £30,000 in the past 15 years repairing the bridge.

Sowerby Parish Council chairman Mark Robson said he had not been approached with the idea, but said: "This idea would have to go to a consultation.

"I can understand what he is trying to do, but I would say it is not fair to other people who live in Sowerby and use the road.

"I think it is selfish to suggest the residents of Blakey Lane get this, as the whole of Sowerby has been affected in recent months."

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