“We the undersigned call on the Mayor and his Administration to introduce a weight restriction on Heavy Good Vehicles (HGVs) which use Plough Lane as a short cut. This should address the volume and speed of these vehicles, road damage, increased noise, and pollution levels.
"Plough Lane has a width of 5.25 metres kerb to kerb yet is designated as a B-road which is required to meet a width of 7 metres. Plough Lane is therefore unsuitable for HGVs due to its width. However, it is used regularly as a cut through for these vehicles. Given the width of the road and the frequent usage of these large vehicles, recurrent and severe damage is being caused. Kerb stones are regularly dislodged and damaged requiring continuous repairs and in recent months there have been two major gas leaks.
"In addition, pedestrians are endangered when HGVs regularly drive onto the very narrow pavements to avoid similar vehicles moving in the opposite direction or even cars and vans. For pedestrians this is terrifying.
"Residents on Plough Lane that come under Sutton Borough are also calling for the same restrictions and are working with their local Councillors and Council officers – demonstrating the overwhelming consensus for this issue to be resolved.”