A NEW plan to prevent lorries passing through Usk was discussed by Monmouthshire council’s cabinet yesterday.

A council report was produced after repeated concerns from Usk Town Council over dangers caused by traffic caused by heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) on the A472.

It recommends scrapping a ban on lorries on the A472 and the B4598 and introducing a new order to ban HGVs which weigh more than 7.5 tonnes from entering the A472 between the B4235 junction near Usk Interchange and Usk Bridge, and the B4598 between the Three Salmons Hotel and Chain Bridge.

Council officers said the proposed order would be easier to implement than the one currently in force because it covers a smaller area.

But they have recommended the plan is rejected, claiming its disadvantages outweigh its advantages.

Usk Town Council said they were keen to see a new order implemented, but were not in favour of the council’s plan.

The report said it would create a negative impact for people working in the area because it could increase the distance travelled by vehicles banned from passing through Usk.