People are being urged to give their feedback on whether they would like to see a permanent ban on large vehicles from parts of a town.

Lorry exhaust pipe on a level crossing in Norton and Malton in North Yorkshire

North Yorkshire County Council is running a consultation until May 24 on whether they think HGV weight restrictions should continue on the level crossing at Norton and Malton.

The restriction prohibits commercial vehicles weighing more than 7.5 tonnes from using the crossing in order to reduce air pollution in nearby streets, by reducing the number of large vehicles using the route through the town.

Castlegate and the Butcher Corner area of Malton are covered by an Air Quality Management Plan and North Yorkshire County Council, as the local highway authority, is working with Ryedale District Council to improve air quality.

A temporary 18-month ban came into effect on February 9, 2018. Some issues raised locally during the ban so far have suggested that trucks are still travelling through the centre of Malton, but by a different route, or along unsuitable roads or villages instead.

North Yorkshire County Councillor Don Mackenzie, Executive Member for Highways said: “Reducing air pollution in Malton is a priority for us; clean air is a basic requirement of a healthy environment. 

“But we also want to make sure this move to restrict large vehicles from parts of Malton doesn’t simply move problems elsewhere.

“We would like as many people as possible to get in touch with their views, which we will take on board when deciding whether to continue indefinitely with this ban.”

The consultation on whether the order should be made permanent is running until May 24.

Give us your views online.

This story was published 13 May 2019