The very large number of lorries going through Monxton currently to enable the movement of material for the works at the top of Georgia Lane (halfway between Monxton and Grateley turn left at the crossroads at Fox Farm) is for the development of roads in the forest for timber logging work, which will take place over the next few years.
The first phase is to build roads using hard-core and other materials through the forest to allow heavy forestry equipment to be moved to the places where trees will be felled and to extract the timber.
The number of lorries has been unprecedented and is more than 100 movements per week according to Nelsons, which is exacerbated when these meet lorries from the Alpine Group.
The council met recently with Mr Nelson and the owners of the site, Mr Patrick Langdown, Junior and Senior plus the TVBC planning enforcement officer Mrs Sam Francis to discuss the lorries and the potential reduction in the number of journeys by having the lorries go fully loaded to the site via Quarley and return from the site via Monxton (the least worst option) which would yield a 50% reduction.
Recently they have acceded to this request by splitting the traffic 50:50 Quarley and Monxton, which has reduced the lorries by 50% but we are still seeing lorries fully loaded coming through the village as a result.
I have urgently requested Mr Langdown this week to request Nelsons use the circular route MPC proposed to further reduce the nuisance caused by the loaded lorries and the vibration caused to the cottages along the High Street, which may be one of the contributing causes of the damage to the walls of properties bordering the High Street and Green Lane including the cottage on the corner of the Abbotts Ann Road and Green Lane namely Monks Foyle Cottage where an internal wall facing Green Lane collapsed.
Monxton Parish Council