Families exhausted by ‘monster truck’ HGV lorries ‘shaking their homes like thunder’


Families have been left exhausted by “monster truck” lorries thundering past their homes in the early hours of the morning.

The residents of an estate in Grimsby where huge vehicles weighing up to 20 tons pass at 5am, say the noise is so loud it causes their homes to shake and furniture to move.

Some shattered homeowners say the vibrations from the lorries carrying soil to a tip nearby have even caused their ceilings to crack.

The trucks dump the soil at a construction site close to the Willows Estate where new homes are being built.

After offloading, they then rumble back through the same streets past the estate, disturbing residents there once more.

Up to 40 lorries pass each day, and families say they’ve had enough of the ‘horrendous’ noise.

One resident, Keith Watkin, 70, said: “It is horrendous living next to the road. Homes get shaken to their foundations.

“They come nose to tail sometimes, hitting barriers and struggling to get past buses. We have got double-glazing but it makes no difference.

“Some of the residents have lived here since the houses were built in 1968 and it just isn’t fair.

“The estate was not built for HGVs like this. They are even having to dig up the road soon to resurface it and I cannot see cars causing that amount of damage.”

Retired fish dock manager Norman Brown, 85, told The Sun: “Our coffee table moves across the front room every time a lorry passes.

“The noise is terrible. It starts at five in the morning and there is no let up during the day.

“We keep complaining to the local council, but nothing is done.

“Some of the lorries go past at 60mph and there is going to be a tragedy.”

The heavy lorries go through The Willows from 7am each day to access the Macaulay Park complex, where more than 100 new homes are being built.

The groundwork has meant tonnes of soil has had to be removed to insert a thick layer of stone before another layer of soil is put on top.

The tip site was capped over 10 years ago with hundreds of thousands of tonnes of soil, but back then lorries used a designated route, avoiding residential areas.

Mr Watkin said he was concerned about road safety through the estate, as well as the noise.

“We have pupils back at school so maybe it is time to do a safety impact study before someone gets hurt,” he said, adding that the residential roads were not “designed for this volume of traffic and highways officers acknowledge that but nothing gets done.”

The construction work is also being blamed for recent flooding which submerged the nearby Little Coates Allotments.

Glyn Atkinson, Health and Safety officer at Little Coates, said: “They are having to redo the whole membrane and put in a new layer, but the mounds have reached up to 14ft high. The lorries are continually moving to and from the site. There is a huge amount of stone being put in place.

“We are worried about flooding coming across from there on to our site. The new dyke that was built is already blocked and the water isn’t going anywhere. If we get much more rainfall which we are expecting it will have nowhere else to go but on to our site.”

Willows Estate resident Dawn Smith, 55, said: “These are monster trucks – huge things.

“This is an old part of Grimsby always known for being a tightly knit community and they are riding rough shod over us.

“They are supposed to give money to the community for the disruption and we have not had a penny.

“We don’t know what is happening because no one is talking to us.”

Natasha Dixon 27, who also lives in the area with husband Andrew, 41, and their five children, added: “When the lorries go past it sounds like a thunderclap.

“They shake the house. At one stage, we were lying in bed looking at a crack in the ceiling that went from own side of the room to the other.

“We had to have the plaster board replaced and my husband painted over some of the other cracks.”

The giant lorries follow signs directing them to the ‘under construction’ Macaulay Park development, being built by Gleeson Homes.

A spokeswoman for Gleeson said they were building 224 homes at Macaulay Park, providing many to first time buyers with prices from £126,995.

The company said more lorry journeys had to be made by the firm appointed to carry out the work because the second phase of the building involved raising ground levels to meet approved plans.

“We will discuss this with our hauliers and suppliers to minimise further disruption to local residents. and would request any issues are reported to the site team for us to deal with,” added the spokeswoman