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Posted: Tue Oct 09, 2012 2:19 pm Post subject: Lorry Ban for West Sussex Town
Satnavs have been blamed for damage to a town's buildings.
Large lorries are to be banned from a West Sussex town centre and surrounding country roads after residents complained of damage to historic buildings.
Midhurst's Spread Eagle Hotel has needed a number of costly repairs to the corners of the building as have other premises in the town. Satnavs were cited as making the situation worse by directing lorries through inappropriate roads.
Ted James, manager of the Spread Eagle, said: "The large lorries are coming along a road that is well over 550 years old. "It is literally inches beside the sides of a high-sided vehicle. They can't quite negotiate the corners either."
Vehicles more than 6ft 6in wide will be diverted from the town centre.
West Sussex County Council says that the traffic regulation order to restrict such vehicles has been agreed. Signs are expected to be in place by 19 October.
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