09 AUG 2017

Suffolk MP calls for an end to HGV misery in Wetheringsett

Dr Dan Poulter has called on authorities for urgent action to be taken to end the misery caused by the significant and inappropriate number of heavy goods vehicles travelling along Town Lane, Wetheringsett.

In recent months, these lorry movements have increased dramatically causing considerable distress and disruption to neighbouring residents and properties as the vehicles travel to and from the haulage yard which is located at Town Lane. The road in question is a narrow country lane and local drivers and residents are growing increasingly concerned about the very real potential for a serious road traffic accident. The road is barely wide enough to accommodate a lorry and a car passing each other safely, but it is simply impossible for two lorries to pass each other at all. During peak times, lorries can be forced to queue on the roadside as they await access to the site, causing further disruption as passing road users attempt to navigate around them.

On Tuesday 8th August, police were called to the scene as lorries attempting to pass each other had become grounded and the road became impassable. Residents were unable to use the road and further lorries were stacked at the roadside as attempts to recover the stranded vehicles were mounted. The road itself has become pitted and damaged through constant use by heavy goods vehicles and the roadside has become dangerously eroded in placed where vehicles attempt to pass each other safely, without collision.

After meeting with the Parish Council and concerned residents, Dr Dan is very worried by such an unacceptable increase in lorry movements on this particularly narrow road. En route to his meeting, Dr Dan witnessed first hand the perilous nature of trying to navigate around these massive vehicles, struggling to avoid the sharp gulleys which have been cut into the highway through excessive weight and traffic movements. Dr Dan has now asked the appropriate authorities to step in and work together to bring an end to this intolerable and dangerous situation and he has called a summit meeting to get everyone round the table over the coming weeks to try and find a solution.

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Daniel Poulter: The Minister is slightly at odds about the point being made. The point is not how it is open to the trust to procure the best clinical services but how, later, through a company, staff might be re-employed on a lower salary. Clearly, trusts already have flexibility through “Agenda for Change” to start people on a higher pay point, but I wondered more generally whether my hon....

NHS Wholly Owned Subsidiary Companies — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (6 Mar 2018)
Daniel Poulter: The hon. Lady and her colleagues are right to highlight the fact that the financial pressure on the NHS is the main driver for this situation. Does she agree that it is very difficult in some services to differentiate between administrators and back-office services, and frontline services? Sometimes, administrators and back-office workers are embedded in clinical teams, and this actually...