IF YOU ARE THE VICTIM OF ANY CRIME NO MATTER HOW MINOR, PLEASE REPORT TO THE POLICE SO THAT A PICTURE OF CRIME IN THE PARISH CAN BE BUILT UP. BY DOING THIS MORE OF A POLICE PRESENCE MAY HAPPEN. IF THE POLICE ARE NOT TOLD, THEY ASSUME THERE ARE NO PROBLEMS.
THERE IS NOW A 7.5TONNE WEIGHT RESTRICTION IN BOTH DIRECTIONS ON WESTGATE & SANDTOFT ROADS ON HGV'S UNLESS ACCESSING AN ADDRESS ON THOSE ROADS.
Parish Council and the Police Get Tough on Illegal Lorries
The days of overweight lorries and lorries' illegal misuse of access to Sandtoft industrial estate look set to be numbered, thanks to partnership working between Belton Parish Council and Humberside Police.
A recent operation targeting lorries in Sandtoft stopped 74 vehicles, nearly half (31) were found to be committing various offences, including being over the legl weight limit. Additionally, the local policing team has written to all the companies operating from Sandtoft industrial estate warning of the consequences of operating overweight lorries.
Vice-chair of Belton Parish Council Liz Redfern, who also represents Axholme Central on North Lincolnshire Council, said,"Overweight HGV's and lorries flagrantly abusing routes to and from the industrial estate are a hazard and a nuisance to residents and other road users in Sandtoft itself and Westgate and Sandtoft Roads in Belton. As a parish council, we have lobbied Humberside Humberside Police and North Lincs Council for action to be taken. We are pleased and relieved that the police have listened and acted accordingly."
Sergeant Anne Garlick from the Isle of Axholme Neighbourhood Policing Team said," The weight problem is regularly targeted by local patrols. We will continue regular monitoring and deal robustly with anyone found to be contravening the weight restrictions."
To help with monitoring the problem, Belton Parish Council is asking residents to provide the Police with the vehicle registration numbers, times and dates of both overweight vehicles and those which do not adhere to the movement weight restriction regulations. That is to say only those over 7.5tonnes can use Westgate and Sandtoft Roads travelling west towards the Sandtoft industrial estate and cannot return down them.
Information can be passed to the police in person, by dropping into Epworth Police station or by calling 0845 60 60 222(non emergencies) or telephone crime stoppers on 0800 555 111.