Parish councillor Jenny Weston says she’s unhappy by the lack of Dorset Council signage, warning drivers that Coles Lane is closed during roadworks.
The route is often used as a cut through between the B3091 Shaftesbury to Sturminster Newton road and the A30 at Sherborne Causeway. “There is nothing on the A30 telling drivers of the problems further on down Cherry Orchard Lane until you get to Cole’s lane, by which time it’s a bit late,” said Jenny. “I actually saw an articulated lorry trying to turn around on the triangle. Pretty horrendous for vehicle that size.”
But Dorset Council says they’ve had a shortage of signs. In a statement, they said: “Our sign shop is in the process of making additional signs to go out on to the A30 advising HGV drivers that there’s no access to Shaftesbury via Cherry Orchard Lane.”
Dorset Council says that there is signage at the Coles Lane closure stating, ‘unsuitable for HGVs’ and ample space for vehicles to turn round, and it is, “disappointing that drivers have ignored this and caused disruption for other road users.”
On Thursday, St John’s Hill was blocked for a second time this week when an HGV vehicle used this section of the B3091 to reach Shaftesbury, rather than the official 14-mile diversion around Hartgrove, East Orchard, Todber, Stour Provost and East Stour.
Residents want a 7.5tonne limit on the hill. Cllr Weston, who represents Melbury Abbas and Cann Parish, shares her solutions in our report.