The deadline for responses on whether the experimental 18-month HGV ban on the level crossing between Malton and Norton should be made permanent has been extended.
On 9 February North Yorkshire County Council made an order under sections 9 and 10 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 to prohibit for 18 months any goods vehicle which has an operating weight of over 7.5 tonnes from driving along the B1248 Castlegate as it passes over level crossing, except for certain permitted reasons including exemptions for permit holders.
Although the statutory six-month period for objecting to the continuation of the order indefinitely has passed, the county council will now take representations until 1 May 2019 into account before making a final decision. Anyone wanting to make representations should do so in writing to Area 4 Kirby Misperton Highways Office, Beansheaf Industrial Park, Tofts Road, Kirby Misperton, Malton YO17 6BG or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
The ban is among measures designed to improve air quality in the area by removing HGVs from the town centre and on to the A64. Since the experimental ban came into force, the county council has been monitoring the movement of HGVs to gauge its effectiveness.
But traffic counters on streets in the town have been repeatedly vandalised, affecting the county council’s ability to gather and analyse data to enable officers to recommend a course of action, leading to the extension of the consultation.
County Councillor Don Mackenzie, executive member for highways, said: “We want to improve the environment for residents and visitors to Malton and Norton and the experimental ban is part of that work, but we have to be able to monitor it effectively to understand its impact and consider whether to make it permanent or whether changes are needed.’’
Anyone with any information about the vandalism is asked to contact North Yorkshire Police on 101 and pass information to the Force Control Room or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111, quoting reference 12180172080.