Pinch-point may be solution for cave

THE introduction of a pinch-point could solve problems over heavy traffic damaging the ancient Royston Cave. The idea came from Royston s county councillor Doug Drake during a meeting of Royston Town Council s general purposes and highways committee on Mo

THE introduction of a pinch-point could solve problems over heavy traffic damaging the ancient Royston Cave.

The idea came from Royston's county councillor Doug Drake during a meeting of Royston Town Council's general purposes and highways committee on Monday evening.

Cllr Drake said that this could be a "practical way" of solving the long-running problem of heavy vehicles using Melbourn Street, Royston.

It has long been claimed that heavy lorries were causing damage to the cave.


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The issue of Melbourn Street is to be discussed next month at a meeting of North Herts District Council's Royston area committee.

Other suggestions which are being reviewed include the introduction of bollards and making Melbourn Street one-way.

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There has, too, been a suggestion in recent years, to simply introduce a weight-limit in Melbourn Street.

Cllr Rod Kennedy said: "There is no need for having heavy goods vehicles using Melbourn Street. It is simply being used as a short-cut.

"It's beyond belief that there cannot be a weight limit introduced," said Cllr Kennedy. "We shouldn't be accepting excuses from Herts County Council."

Area committee chairman Cllr Fiona Hill told members: "There is nothing ruled out and we are pushing for positive action.

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