‘Ban lorries from dangerous country lane’

Neighbours living in Darr's Lane in Northchurch are concerned with the quality and size of the road deaming it to be dangerous to both pedestrians and cars.
Neighbours living in Darr's Lane in Northchurch are concerned with the quality and size of the road deaming it to be dangerous to both pedestrians and cars.
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VILLAGE leaders have blasted drivers who speed along a quiet country road.

The topic came up at a meeting of Northchurch Parish Council.

Councillor Janette Dunbavand said: “I have lived in Darr’s Lane for all of my 74 years, and the road is extremely dangerous to pedestrians.”

“We have no pavements on our bit of the road at all and there are quite a few children walking down at about eight in the morning.”

She said it is especially hazardous on the narrow part of the road approaching St Mary’s Avenue, and that she fears for the youngsters who have to use Darr’s Lane.

Mrs Dunbavand said: “It is chock-a-block with traffic going much too fast. Something must be done.”

She said her campaigning efforts persuaded Herts Highways bosses to install new safety signs about 12 years ago.

But she said these were now “completely useless,” as motorists just ignore them.

She accepted it was a difficult problem to fix - as the road was too narrow for chicanes and road humps are being phased out by highways bosses.

But she said: “We cannot afford to leave it for much longer.”

She says Dacorum Borough Council’s Draft Core Strategy describes Darr’s Lane as a “primary distributor road” - which she says it isn’t.

She said heavy goods vehicles often got lost and ended up driving down the country lane. She added that she once saw a trailer carrying nine cars driving down it.

At the meeting on Monday last week, council chairman Alan Fantham agreed the council would write to Herts Highways to ask if heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) could be banned from the road.

Councillors also agreed they would talk to organisations based in or near Northchurch to ask if they can help deter people from using the road as a thoroughfare.