Smarden Parish Council
Lorry Watch is a scheme run by local residents in collaboration with Kent County Council. Community volunteers record details of lorries that are suspected of using unsuitable roads or not sticking to local limits and restrictions.
Smarden has a 7.5 tonne weight limit which was imposed to protect the Town Bridge and 15th centuary houses in village centre, which have been damaged many times over the years. Sadly, the use of satellite navigation has not helped this situation. Many lorry drivers are using satnavs meant for cars only, which direct their oversized vehicles through the village causing damage and congestion.
In June 2014 a Smarden Lorrywatch Group was set up and currently comprises residents living at the west end of the village on the junction of The Street with Cage Lane and Water Lane. We send regular reports of those vehicles ignoring this weight limit to the Senior Transport Manager at KCC. Any vehicle or company regularly offending is contacted and warned that if they continue formal action may result.
If any residents wish to join the group or observe overweight lorries in the village (see simplified guide to lorry types and weights) please fill in the Lorry Watch report sheet, or contact Parish Councillor Jocelyn Craig firstname.lastname@example.org
The Parish Council also appeals to local businesses to ensure that deliveries to your premises are made via the correct lorry routes and not through the village centre.