Congestion charge bid on lorries passing through Chideock on A35

A LONDON-style congestion charge may be introduced to force lorries out of a west Dorset village.

Chideock resident Tony Fuller has waging a ‘campaign of chaos’ for over a year to highlight pollution problems from heavy goods vehicles.

Now he says it has all been worth it as he receives encouraging updates from West Dorset MP Oliver Letwin.

Mr Fuller, who is suffering from cancer and has had three heart attacks since the protest began, said: I think it has been worth all the effort. This is what I have been hoping and praying for.”

He said that he had been given hope in a letter from the MP – including references to a low emission zone.

The London Low Emission Zone includes charges for commercial vehicles with emissions over a certain level – but it also includes diversionary routes and in some cases allows vehicles to turn around to avoid the zone.

Mr Fuller and a group of villagers carried out direct action protest by repeatedly using the pelican crossing and disrupting traffic.

Behind the scenes Mr Fuller also met Mr Letwin and Highways Agency officials.

He says he has heard from Mr Letwin with progress on diverting HGVs who have no local business away from the A35.

Mr Letwin said the first signs of progress were likely in the autumn and a good deal of work was now underway.

He said: “I think we have been making some real progress with the Highways Agency and the two councils.

“We have established that it would in principle be possible to prohibit the largest vehicles from this route if they had no local businesses to perform.

“We have also established that it would be perfectly possible in practice, and not too expensive, to enforce such a rule – based on the system used by the Mayor of London to operate his ‘low emission zone’.

“Work is now under way to get better estimates of the effect on pollution that we could have by these means, so to document what legal steps would need to be taken.

“I think we are certainly much further advanced than we have been at any time in the last decade.”

THE Low Emission Zone (LEZ) was introduced in 2008 to cut pollution levels in the capital.

It covers most of Greater London and covers heavy goods vehicles as well as buses and motorcaravans but not cars.

Vehicles must meet certain emissions standards or pay a daily charge.

These range from £100 from larger vans to £200 for lorries.

Cameras read number plates of vehicles and check whether vehicles meets the LEZ emissions standards, is exempt, is registered for a discount or if the daily charge has been paid in advance.

Operators of vehicles which haven’t paid in advance can face penalty charges of upto £1,000.

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9:20pm Wed 10 Aug 11

Usual Story says...

Interesting. What exactly does "with no local business" mean? Would a trip from Honiton to Dorchester or Weymouth count as local business? This is after all the only trunk road in the area.

The normal hour-long journey via Chideock, diverted up to Yeovil and back down the A37 becomes half an hour longer and would cost an additional £12 in diesel for every journey. Not exactly environmentally, or financially, friendly.

As long as the likes of Mr Fuller are happy though, that will be fine. (Sorry to the residents living along the A37 for all the extra lorries heading past your door from now on, but frankly the residents of Chideock don't care as long as traffic doesn't go past their homes).
Interesting. What exactly does "with no local business" mean? Would a trip from Honiton to Dorchester or Weymouth count as local business? This is after all the only trunk road in the area. The normal hour-long journey via Chideock, diverted up to Yeovil and back down the A37 becomes half an hour longer and would cost an additional £12 in diesel for every journey. Not exactly environmentally, or financially, friendly. As long as the likes of Mr Fuller are happy though, that will be fine. (Sorry to the residents living along the A37 for all the extra lorries heading past your door from now on, but frankly the residents of Chideock don't care as long as traffic doesn't go past their homes). Usual Story

11:39pm Wed 10 Aug 11

The Yardie says...

How will HGV's get from A to B, If ever Town & Village they pass through started to charge them.

Who would pay for these charges, "simple's" everybody that uses shops and services.

I'm sure the drivers would much prefer to go from A to B on the Motorways, not an easy thing to do when going through Dorset, Devon & Cornwall to name just 3 counties.
How will HGV's get from A to B, If ever Town & Village they pass through started to charge them. Who would pay for these charges, "simple's" everybody that uses shops and services. I'm sure the drivers would much prefer to go from A to B on the Motorways, not an easy thing to do when going through Dorset, Devon & Cornwall to name just 3 counties. The Yardie

11:49pm Wed 10 Aug 11

Bridders says...

Congestion Charge !!! How can this be legally enforced ? The drivers of lorries travelling along the A35 through Chideok are doing what they are legally entitled to do, they are travelling along the Queens Highway.
They do not cause a congestion (unless there is a hold up for any other reason).
Like Usual Story above states, this will only move the lorries elsewhere, enforcing them to be driven through other villages. That is until those villagers demand action and adopt the same tactics as Mr Fuller. Where will go then.
Delivery charges and the price of goods will go up to offset the additional fuel costs, which will then be passed onto the consumer. I suppose the Government will get the additional revenue from the charges made, don't they get enough £'s from the motorist as it is.
Perhaps this should also be extended to drivers with caravans, now these DO cause congestion, especially every Friday/Saturday during the summer.
Congestion Charge !!! How can this be legally enforced ? The drivers of lorries travelling along the A35 through Chideok are doing what they are legally entitled to do, they are travelling along the Queens Highway. They do not cause a congestion (unless there is a hold up for any other reason). Like Usual Story above states, this will only move the lorries elsewhere, enforcing them to be driven through other villages. That is until those villagers demand action and adopt the same tactics as Mr Fuller. Where will go then. Delivery charges and the price of goods will go up to offset the additional fuel costs, which will then be passed onto the consumer. I suppose the Government will get the additional revenue from the charges made, don't they get enough £'s from the motorist as it is. Perhaps this should also be extended to drivers with caravans, now these DO cause congestion, especially every Friday/Saturday during the summer. Bridders

5:50pm Thu 11 Aug 11

CoogarUK says...

The main A35 Honiton-Folkstone trunk route runs right through the centre of Chideock. Surely, in the absence of a by-pass (something which has always been strongly opposed by residents & politicians alike, I believe) the HGVs have no option but to drive through the village?
The main A35 Honiton-Folkstone trunk route runs right through the centre of Chideock. Surely, in the absence of a by-pass (something which has always been strongly opposed by residents & politicians alike, I believe) the HGVs have no option but to drive through the village? CoogarUK

5:51pm Thu 11 Aug 11

CoogarUK says...

The main A35 Honiton-Folkstone trunk route runs right through the centre of Chideock. Surely, in the absence of a by-pass (something which has always been strongly opposed by residents & politicians alike, I believe) the HGVs have no option but to drive through the village?
The main A35 Honiton-Folkstone trunk route runs right through the centre of Chideock. Surely, in the absence of a by-pass (something which has always been strongly opposed by residents & politicians alike, I believe) the HGVs have no option but to drive through the village? CoogarUK

5:52pm Thu 11 Aug 11

CoogarUK says...

The main A35 Honiton-Folkstone trunk route runs right through the centre of Chideock. Surely, in the absence of a by-pass (something which has always been strongly opposed by residents & politicians alike, I believe) the HGVs have no option but to drive through the village?
The main A35 Honiton-Folkstone trunk route runs right through the centre of Chideock. Surely, in the absence of a by-pass (something which has always been strongly opposed by residents & politicians alike, I believe) the HGVs have no option but to drive through the village? CoogarUK

5:55pm Thu 11 Aug 11

CoogarUK says...

Oh dear, triple post. Sort your comments system out, Echo!
Oh dear, triple post. Sort your comments system out, Echo! CoogarUK

2:02am Mon 15 Aug 11

etaoin shrdlu says...

People get frustrated at the excessive time it takes to upload so keep prodding the "Submit" button. This is one of the slowest websites in existence and someone tried to blame it on the riots the other day (but who look in th'Echo for news on riots?). And it is as bad at 3am as 3pm. But I digress . . . if people want to live in a dump like Chideock they should expect trucks rumbling through. It's like people buying next to an airport and then complaining. Nice try though: get the taxpayers to subsidise you lifestyle. But you're not an MP so it won't work . . .
People get frustrated at the excessive time it takes to upload so keep prodding the "Submit" button. This is one of the slowest websites in existence and someone tried to blame it on the riots the other day (but who look in th'Echo for news on riots?). And it is as bad at 3am as 3pm. But I digress . . . if people want to live in a dump like Chideock they should expect trucks rumbling through. It's like people buying next to an airport and then complaining. Nice try though: get the taxpayers to subsidise you lifestyle. But you're not an MP so it won't work . . . etaoin shrdlu

8:04am Mon 15 Aug 11

marabout says...

etaoin shrdlu wrote:
People get frustrated at the excessive time it takes to upload so keep prodding the "Submit" button. This is one of the slowest websites in existence and someone tried to blame it on the riots the other day (but who look in th'Echo for news on riots?). And it is as bad at 3am as 3pm. But I digress . . . if people want to live in a dump like Chideock they should expect trucks rumbling through. It's like people buying next to an airport and then complaining. Nice try though: get the taxpayers to subsidise you lifestyle. But you're not an MP so it won't work . . .
Exactly correct. People who lice in Chideock know full well when they purchase that it is a traffic black spot ...and then they ask the rest of society to pay for their mistakes....

Sorry Chideock people... you want to live there so you have to put up with the consequences...
[quote][p][bold]etaoin shrdlu[/bold] wrote: People get frustrated at the excessive time it takes to upload so keep prodding the "Submit" button. This is one of the slowest websites in existence and someone tried to blame it on the riots the other day (but who look in th'Echo for news on riots?). And it is as bad at 3am as 3pm. But I digress . . . if people want to live in a dump like Chideock they should expect trucks rumbling through. It's like people buying next to an airport and then complaining. Nice try though: get the taxpayers to subsidise you lifestyle. But you're not an MP so it won't work . . .[/p][/quote]Exactly correct. People who lice in Chideock know full well when they purchase that it is a traffic black spot ...and then they ask the rest of society to pay for their mistakes.... Sorry Chideock people... you want to live there so you have to put up with the consequences... marabout

12:04pm Mon 15 Aug 11

mr commonsense says...

How interesting yet again to find a person (Mr Fuller)who having moved to a village finds it doesn't suit him. So 3 heart attacks and Cancer are a direct result of lorries passing through Chideock.Perhaps there is nowhere in this country where he would be happy as all of us can always find something wrong with our town/village.Yet again another example of a NIMBY at work.
How interesting yet again to find a person (Mr Fuller)who having moved to a village finds it doesn't suit him. So 3 heart attacks and Cancer are a direct result of lorries passing through Chideock.Perhaps there is nowhere in this country where he would be happy as all of us can always find something wrong with our town/village.Yet again another example of a NIMBY at work. mr commonsense

12:33pm Mon 15 Aug 11

CharlieBarley says...

How many of those campaigning moved to the village in spite of knowing how busy the road is? If they don't like the road why did they move there? Simple answer - move house
How many of those campaigning moved to the village in spite of knowing how busy the road is? If they don't like the road why did they move there? Simple answer - move house CharlieBarley

8:39pm Mon 15 Aug 11

etaoin shrdlu says...

Could be an exclusive for th'Echo: "Lorries Cause Cancer - Shocking Revelation in Chideock". Medical researchers will flock to Dorset from all over the world, what a boost to the economy. Could be a Nobel Prize coming up here . . .
Could be an exclusive for th'Echo: "Lorries Cause Cancer - Shocking Revelation in Chideock". Medical researchers will flock to Dorset from all over the world, what a boost to the economy. Could be a Nobel Prize coming up here . . . etaoin shrdlu

9:22am Tue 16 Aug 11

cj07589 says...

A bloody disgrace! Yeah another tax on hard stretched businesses just at a time when they least need it. I suggest if Tony Fuller doesnt like where he lives then he should move somewhere else. Why do stupid people buy property on a main road and moan because its noisier than they expected. Tony you made your bed now its time to lay in it!
A bloody disgrace! Yeah another tax on hard stretched businesses just at a time when they least need it. I suggest if Tony Fuller doesnt like where he lives then he should move somewhere else. Why do stupid people buy property on a main road and moan because its noisier than they expected. Tony you made your bed now its time to lay in it! cj07589

12:49pm Tue 16 Aug 11

WibbleFishBananna says...

Its a PUBLIC road as long as the vehicle is taxed and roadworthy then it can use the PUBLIC road through Chideock.
The road was there before Mr Fuller moved in, so he must have known about it.
It is the only viable route for vehicles to get along the South Coast, unless they go up the M27, along the M4 and down the M5.
Perhaps compulsory purchases should be dolled out and a dual carriageway built from Poole to Exeter.
This is typical of the 'me, me, me' attitude that the MP's have been talking about this week.
Its a PUBLIC road as long as the vehicle is taxed and roadworthy then it can use the PUBLIC road through Chideock. The road was there before Mr Fuller moved in, so he must have known about it. It is the only viable route for vehicles to get along the South Coast, unless they go up the M27, along the M4 and down the M5. Perhaps compulsory purchases should be dolled out and a dual carriageway built from Poole to Exeter. This is typical of the 'me, me, me' attitude that the MP's have been talking about this week. WibbleFishBananna

1:36am Wed 17 Aug 11

etaoin shrdlu says...

Well the MPs know all about 'me, me me' as we have seen by their moat-cleaning money-stealing enterprises a couple of years ago. That coupled with the thieving by financiers and banks has led people to believe they can help themselves and demand anything from a pliant pinko touchy-feely politically correct system. You reap what you sow.
Well the MPs know all about 'me, me me' as we have seen by their moat-cleaning money-stealing enterprises a couple of years ago. That coupled with the thieving by financiers and banks has led people to believe they can help themselves and demand anything from a pliant pinko touchy-feely politically correct system. You reap what you sow. etaoin shrdlu

7:41am Sat 20 Aug 11

Wykeite says...

Three heart attacks and cancer within a year! I bet Letwin is thinking, 'This clown is going to be off my case soon, I'll throw him a bone in the meantime'.

Get yourself an allotment Mr Fuller. They’re stress relieving, highly rewarding and you'll have a longer life expectancy; other than that move away from this area. Why should local people and businesses suffer at the hands of your mistake in buying a house on a busy road whilst you throw your toys out of your pram with the sad little campaigns and protests?
Three heart attacks and cancer within a year! I bet Letwin is thinking, 'This clown is going to be off my case soon, I'll throw him a bone in the meantime'. Get yourself an allotment Mr Fuller. They’re stress relieving, highly rewarding and you'll have a longer life expectancy; other than that move away from this area. Why should local people and businesses suffer at the hands of your mistake in buying a house on a busy road whilst you throw your toys out of your pram with the sad little campaigns and protests? Wykeite

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