IN RESPONSE to the concerned Ashbourne residents letter in the Telegraph last week, regarding the final sentence of the letter – “and I won’t even start on the wagons and lorries”.
Firstly, if there was an alternative route to the north from Derby then these vehicles would take it.
As an ex-lorry driver myself, when I was driving LGVs more than 25 years ago now, I would have taken another route had it been available.
Why not build an extension to the existing by-pass?
Seems simple enough, but oh I forgot – it would spoil the view for residents living at the top of Buxton Hill.
Better still build the by-pass and make it LGV, PCV only.
That way you avoid running the risk of making Ashbourne a ghost town as has happened in Matlock.
There is no other alternative route for LGVs heading north off the M1 to Buxton and beyond other than to travel through Ashbourne.
Answer my next question, concerned resident: Name one thing you have, eat, wear, drink or use that has not, at some point of its manufacture or completion, been on the back of a lorry?
Do you need medication? The large tanks you see drive through the town carry lime which is used for all manner of things from agriculture to the purest form used in the production of medicines.
Lifesaving equipment in hospitals is delivered at their completion by lorry.
Shelves in your local shops are kept stocked even in bad weather because a skilled professional driver got the goods there in a lorry.
I could go on but it would take up the whole of next week’s News Telegraph.
Think before you describe LGVs in a derogatory way.
TICKED OFF PROFESSIONAL HAULIER, (NAME AND ADDRESS SUPPLIED)