Locals fed up with Bexley Village air pollution and heavy traffic

Michael Denny is unhappy with the heavy traffic in Bexley Village.

The Village Wines manager makes sure delivery lorries don't go over the High Street bridge.

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Residents and shopkeepers are fed up with air pollution caused by heavy traffic in the centre of Bexley Village.

Lorries weighing more than 7.5 tonnes are banned from crossing the tiny bridge over the River Cray on Bexley High Street.

But Fred D’Arcy says heavier vehicles than that routinely thunder across, choking the pretty area by the Old Mill with diesel fumes.

The 67-year-old, who lives in Venture Close, told News Shopper: "I have two tenants in North Cray Road and they can’t even open their windows up because the fumes are going in their windows.

"I feel sick that people can’t even leave their windows open.

"The big lorries just go through and they don’t care. "To me life is more important than traffic."

The heating engineer is also unhappy Bexley Council stopped monitoring air pollution levels in the south of the borough at the end of last year.

The grandfather-of-eight said: "They just say they can’t afford it anymore.

"The council do it in the north of the borough but I don’t suppose there’s much pollution around Erith Marshes.

"I can’t believe that after all that smog recently they have stopped monitoring pollution levels in the area."

Michael Denny is the manager at Village Wines in Mill Row and says air quality is "particularly bad" in the area.

He said: "A lot of lorries use the bridge as a cut-through to the A2. It’s known as a weak bridge and you do see some large vehicles going over it.

News Shopper:

Heavy traffic routinely clogs the High Street bridge. 

"When we a delivery from an articulated delivery lorry we make sure they go into the council car park so they actually never have to go over the bridge."

A Bexley Council spokeswoman said: “The health and wellbeing of our residents is important to us.

“Bexley Village is a key point in the local road network and the layout of the streets is likely to limit the natural dispersal of pollution when the air is still.

“We monitor air quality using real-time monitoring stations at key strategic locations in the borough.

“Although we have recently discontinued the use of diffusion tubes for monitoring nitrogen dioxide, this information is recorded in other ways and our network of stations continues to monitor key elements of air quality.

“Bexley High Street bridge has a 7.5 tonne weight restriction, with only TfL-approved buses exempt from this.

“The weight limit is a matter for the police and we have been in contact with them recently to ask them to ensure it is enforced.

“We are part of the London Air Quality Network. Current monitoring data and historic data for our monitoring sites can be viewed at www.londonair.org.uk”

A Bexley police spokesman said the local Safer Neighbourhoods Team is aware of the issue and is liaising with the council.

Anyone with concerns about over-weight vehicles crossing the weak bridge in Bexley High Street can contact the St Mary's Safer Neighbourhoods Team on 0208 721 2816.

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5:25pm Tue 15 Apr 14

chunkybuster says...

Bexley council have stopped monitoring the air,because they are TOO busy handing out planning permission for MORE flats and houses in the village. Noticed they are squeezing a load behind the Old Mill site! Why don't they just concrete right over the whole borough,then they will be happy.
Bexley council have stopped monitoring the air,because they are TOO busy handing out planning permission for MORE flats and houses in the village. Noticed they are squeezing a load behind the Old Mill site! Why don't they just concrete right over the whole borough,then they will be happy. chunkybuster
  • Score: 6

9:01pm Tue 15 Apr 14

bexleyman says...

Council liaising with the police. Translation: a plastic policeman may or may not stand there watching the bridge for an unspecified period of time at the least likely moment that a vehicle will break the rule.

What really grinds my gears is that, heaven forbid, a friend visits your house during the day and they're slapped with umpteen parking tickets by a traffic warden who doesn't know how to ride his bike properly, but in the morning peak the village is filled with delivery lorries, including to the pubs, using heavy lorries that have crossed the bridge, go unchallenged whilst causing pandemonium.
Council liaising with the police. Translation: a plastic policeman may or may not stand there watching the bridge for an unspecified period of time at the least likely moment that a vehicle will break the rule. What really grinds my gears is that, heaven forbid, a friend visits your house during the day and they're slapped with umpteen parking tickets by a traffic warden who doesn't know how to ride his bike properly, but in the morning peak the village is filled with delivery lorries, including to the pubs, using heavy lorries that have crossed the bridge, go unchallenged whilst causing pandemonium. bexleyman
  • Score: 6

9:19pm Tue 15 Apr 14

white rabbit9 says...

That's capitalism for ya. This prat should read some books get his attention away from traffic.
That's capitalism for ya. This prat should read some books get his attention away from traffic. white rabbit9
  • Score: 13

10:35pm Tue 15 Apr 14

Gypo.Joe says...

I do hope Erasus Piggott is OK, with his Emphysema a walk through the villarge ( sic ) to his favorite watering hole could be fatal at his age.
I do hope Erasus Piggott is OK, with his Emphysema a walk through the villarge ( sic ) to his favorite watering hole could be fatal at his age. Gypo.Joe
  • Score: -11

12:09pm Wed 16 Apr 14

highway warrior says...

By-pass. Simply the only way to solve the bottleneck and traffic jam that is Bexley Village.
It's been voted against by businesses whoi believe they will lose passing trade but frankly the village would be massively improved if you removed the traffic.

Not a difficult or contentious route for it either:
come off the roundabout at the end of North Cray Road dual carriage way, through some fields, bridge over Vicarage Road, across the wasteland (give Bexley Sand and Gravel their own slip road the tippers always make the Village filthy) over the railway and through the park to join up with the Holiday Inn roundabout.
Done and you successfully link up the A2 and A20 properly, vastly improve the environment in the Village and remove 75% + of traffic!
By-pass. Simply the only way to solve the bottleneck and traffic jam that is Bexley Village. It's been voted against by businesses whoi believe they will lose passing trade but frankly the village would be massively improved if you removed the traffic. Not a difficult or contentious route for it either: come off the roundabout at the end of North Cray Road dual carriage way, through some fields, bridge over Vicarage Road, across the wasteland (give Bexley Sand and Gravel their own slip road the tippers always make the Village filthy) over the railway and through the park to join up with the Holiday Inn roundabout. Done and you successfully link up the A2 and A20 properly, vastly improve the environment in the Village and remove 75% + of traffic! highway warrior
  • Score: 5

8:12pm Wed 16 Apr 14

bexleyman says...

highway warrior wrote:
By-pass. Simply the only way to solve the bottleneck and traffic jam that is Bexley Village.
It's been voted against by businesses whoi believe they will lose passing trade but frankly the village would be massively improved if you removed the traffic.

Not a difficult or contentious route for it either:
come off the roundabout at the end of North Cray Road dual carriage way, through some fields, bridge over Vicarage Road, across the wasteland (give Bexley Sand and Gravel their own slip road the tippers always make the Village filthy) over the railway and through the park to join up with the Holiday Inn roundabout.
Done and you successfully link up the A2 and A20 properly, vastly improve the environment in the Village and remove 75% + of traffic!
I'd personally remove the roundabout you mention, and simply take the dual-carriageway up through the 'horse land' and take it up to the Crayford junction with the A2.
[quote][p][bold]highway warrior[/bold] wrote: By-pass. Simply the only way to solve the bottleneck and traffic jam that is Bexley Village. It's been voted against by businesses whoi believe they will lose passing trade but frankly the village would be massively improved if you removed the traffic. Not a difficult or contentious route for it either: come off the roundabout at the end of North Cray Road dual carriage way, through some fields, bridge over Vicarage Road, across the wasteland (give Bexley Sand and Gravel their own slip road the tippers always make the Village filthy) over the railway and through the park to join up with the Holiday Inn roundabout. Done and you successfully link up the A2 and A20 properly, vastly improve the environment in the Village and remove 75% + of traffic![/p][/quote]I'd personally remove the roundabout you mention, and simply take the dual-carriageway up through the 'horse land' and take it up to the Crayford junction with the A2. bexleyman
  • Score: 3

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