EMLEY residents look set to lose a fight to ban lorries from their village.
A petition seeking to ban wagons from many streets in the village has been handed to Kirklees Council.
But councillors meeting later today are to be told that the problem is not severe enough to warrant a ban.
The big concern for many residents is the number of lorries who use Emley as a route to and from the M1 motorway, rather than the traditional route through Flockton.
New traffic restrictions in Flockton have added to delays for vehicles, particularly at peak times.
But council highways officers who have studied the problems in Emley have insisted there is not enough lorry traffic to warrant a weight ban.
They will, however, recommend to councillors that new signs about the existing 7.5tonne weight restriction on some roads are erected.
And West Yorkshire Police are to be asked to carry out checks on vehicles using Emley.
The petition seeks to ban large lorries from roads including Jagger Lane, Chapel Lane, Upper Lane, Ash Lane, Church Street, Rectory Lane, Clough Lane and Woodhouse Lane.
The existing weight restriction affects several of those roads from the A642 Wakefield Road to the A6363 Denby Dale Road.
A council spokesman said: “There are a number of lorries that are potentially abusing the limit and travelling through Emley towards the motorway.
“Officers will speak to the police and request that enforcement be undertaken in the area”.
Checks show that there have been nine injury accidents in Emley, but none involved a lorry.
A scoring system used by highways officers to assess risks revealed that Emley had a score of +2 – half that required for further action.
Clr Jim Dodds said: “The volume and speed of traffic through Emley has been an ongoing problem for some years.
“The village does suffer from traffic trying to avoid Flockton and it is a pity that the scoring by highways officers does not require further investigation”.
Clr John Cook said he was concerned that even with more signs and better enforcement, the problems would persist.
“This is a perpetual problem which will not go away and while there have been only five injury accidents recorded, there must have been 10 times that figure of slight bumps and near misses, especially in Woodhouse Lane.
“The road there is only just wide enough for two cars to squeeze past and the rat run in a morning and evening only exacerbates the problems.
“Do we have to wait until someone is seriously injured or killed before anything is done”.