A Hatfield councillor is carrying out a one-man protest against “dangerous” lorries travelling through the town.
Mick Glynn, of Doncaster Road, claims something needs to be done about the vehicles leaving Hatfield Colliery, run by Hargreaves Services Limited, before someone is killed.
He has been protesting every morning outside Hatfield Church for the past fortnight and said: “The route the lorries are taking (Doncaster Road, Manor Road and Station Road) is totally unacceptable.
“The corner outside Hatfield Church is an accident waiting to happen. I can’t understand how Hargreaves allowed themselves to be talked into using this route.”
A spokesman for Hargreaves Services Limited said: “As far as traffic through Hatfield is concerned we are regularly operating lorries through approved routes in agreed hours within the permitting restrictions that we have with Doncaster MBC.
“We are not allowed to exceed agreed limits in terms of the frequency, size and type of lorries. It’s all laid down in a traffic management plan (TMP) that Hatfield Colliery had to submit to the council and agree on.
“We’re not doing anything unusual in terms of the traffic movement through Hatfield.
“Also, on the rare occasion when something goes wrong, we have a zero tolerance policy. We had a case when a sub-contractor carrying colliery spoil spilled a load on the road, our team came out with a road sweeper and cleaned up the mess, we impounded the vehicle and took it out of commission and the driver was actually sacked as he hadn’t taken the care that is expected.
“We operate 400 HGVs all over the country. That’s 360,000 journeys a year. We can’t allow any slackness to creep in.”
A Doncaster Council spokesman said: “We are happy with the number of movements, tonnage, times and the routes they are using, all in accordance with the plan. There is a liaison committee to oversee matters relating to the TMP. This has all come about because of the landslip at Hatfield last year. The company will be aiming to get back on to rail when they can.”