Broughton Gifford residents say lorries are making their lives a misery

Broughton Gifford residents say lorries are making their lives a misery

Lorries queue up to deliver to the site

Mud cakes the road at the entrance to the site

Residents say they can't get out of their homes because of the lorries

Lorries queuing nose to tail

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Residents in Broughton Gifford have claimed lorries delivering panels for a new solar farm have made their lives a misery, and left them unable to leave their homes.

Work has now started on the site off Norrington Lane, with large articulated lorries, which appear to be from eastern Europe, arriving daily to deliver solar panels for the 22-hectare site.

Neighbours say they have made the roads impassable as they churn up mud on the lane, and have been bothered at home by drivers seeking directions. Farmer Andrew Keen lives on Norrington Lane.

He said: “I live opposite that entrance, and we have had articulated lorries park all on the lane ripping up the grass verges. It’s an absolute nightmare here.

“They’re all foreign drivers, and they start at 5am in the morning. I have lorry drivers knocking on my door because they don’t know where they are.

“I couldn’t do any work this morning as I couldn’t get out. It’s beyond a joke.”

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10:51am Mon 31 Mar 14

Terry Chivers says...

It seems to me as local Councillor that residents here have beenlet down by the planning department, conditions that should have been puton havent and WHY DIDNT FORMER COUNCILLOR MARK GRIFITHS call this application to committee to ensure conditions were on.
Have been working with police and highways for past 5 dys to sort this issue both have been great but asfar as these contractors doing the work here I would employ them to dig my back garden.
It seems to me as local Councillor that residents here have beenlet down by the planning department, conditions that should have been puton havent and WHY DIDNT FORMER COUNCILLOR MARK GRIFITHS call this application to committee to ensure conditions were on. Have been working with police and highways for past 5 dys to sort this issue both have been great but asfar as these contractors doing the work here I would employ them to dig my back garden. Terry Chivers
  • Score: 1

1:57pm Mon 31 Mar 14

VelcroEd says...

And all this could be coming to a community near you if Wiltshire Council allows. - (no doubt they will as they have shown time and time again that they refuse to listen to the electorate).

Don't get hood winked by the promises of cash for the local community. Think long and hard. Do you want to live with this for the next 25 years?
And all this could be coming to a community near you if Wiltshire Council allows. - (no doubt they will as they have shown time and time again that they refuse to listen to the electorate). Don't get hood winked by the promises of cash for the local community. Think long and hard. Do you want to live with this for the next 25 years? VelcroEd
  • Score: -2

2:03pm Mon 31 Mar 14

brandx says...

From what I understand the local Independent Wiltshire Councillor Terry Chivers has been working all week end to come up with a workable solution. It seems that the Planning Officers at Wiltshire Council and the previous councillor Mark Griffriths are totally at fault in not imposing strict working conditions and hours on this site when permission was first granted.

It also seems to me that the planners because of the cuts and redundancies at County Hall do not have sufficient resources to do the a proper job. I hate to say it but in the months and years ahead we are likely to see a lot more incidents like this as the cuts start to bite.
From what I understand the local Independent Wiltshire Councillor Terry Chivers has been working all week end to come up with a workable solution. It seems that the Planning Officers at Wiltshire Council and the previous councillor Mark Griffriths are totally at fault in not imposing strict working conditions and hours on this site when permission was first granted. It also seems to me that the planners because of the cuts and redundancies at County Hall do not have sufficient resources to do the a proper job. I hate to say it but in the months and years ahead we are likely to see a lot more incidents like this as the cuts start to bite. brandx
  • Score: 2

5:16pm Mon 31 Mar 14

beetawix says...

Foreign workers or not you would expect the presumably British organisers to have the common sense and consideration to put up some direction signs.
Foreign workers or not you would expect the presumably British organisers to have the common sense and consideration to put up some direction signs. beetawix
  • Score: 2

6:21pm Mon 31 Mar 14

loosewoman says...

VelcroEd wrote:
And all this could be coming to a community near you if Wiltshire Council allows. - (no doubt they will as they have shown time and time again that they refuse to listen to the electorate).

Don't get hood winked by the promises of cash for the local community. Think long and hard. Do you want to live with this for the next 25 years?
Don't be silly, of course there won't be lorries for the next 25 years. Once the panels have been delivered, there won't be a problem.
[quote][p][bold]VelcroEd[/bold] wrote: And all this could be coming to a community near you if Wiltshire Council allows. - (no doubt they will as they have shown time and time again that they refuse to listen to the electorate). Don't get hood winked by the promises of cash for the local community. Think long and hard. Do you want to live with this for the next 25 years?[/p][/quote]Don't be silly, of course there won't be lorries for the next 25 years. Once the panels have been delivered, there won't be a problem. loosewoman
  • Score: 13

3:03pm Tue 1 Apr 14

VelcroEd says...

loosewoman wrote:
VelcroEd wrote:
And all this could be coming to a community near you if Wiltshire Council allows. - (no doubt they will as they have shown time and time again that they refuse to listen to the electorate).

Don't get hood winked by the promises of cash for the local community. Think long and hard. Do you want to live with this for the next 25 years?
Don't be silly, of course there won't be lorries for the next 25 years. Once the panels have been delivered, there won't be a problem.
Not to mention the ongoing maintenance, the proliferation of cctv camera's on masts throughout the site, the time it will take to reinstate the common land that is being destroyed, the time it will take for any screening to grow, the dismantling etc etc. I could go on.
[quote][p][bold]loosewoman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]VelcroEd[/bold] wrote: And all this could be coming to a community near you if Wiltshire Council allows. - (no doubt they will as they have shown time and time again that they refuse to listen to the electorate). Don't get hood winked by the promises of cash for the local community. Think long and hard. Do you want to live with this for the next 25 years?[/p][/quote]Don't be silly, of course there won't be lorries for the next 25 years. Once the panels have been delivered, there won't be a problem.[/p][/quote]Not to mention the ongoing maintenance, the proliferation of cctv camera's on masts throughout the site, the time it will take to reinstate the common land that is being destroyed, the time it will take for any screening to grow, the dismantling etc etc. I could go on. VelcroEd
  • Score: -2

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