The chair of Pelsall Civic Society has condemned plans to build a new bridge in the village.
Andrew Weller said the project would be “disastrous” for the village.
As reported yesterday, Walsall planners are seeking approval from councillors so that local opinion can be sought on de-registering some common land to make way for a new bridge.
But Mr Weller said Pelsall Civic Society were against the building of the new bridge because it would increase the number of HGVs passing through the village, turning it into a “rat run”
“Previous comments suggest we have to accept that a new bridge is to be built and that a campaign needs to be started to preserve the old bridge,” he said.
“One of the main objections to this plan if allowed is the massive increase in heavy goods vehicles passing through our village and all the problems associated with this.
“We are a small village and our roads cannot cope with the volume of traffic this project if allowed will create.”
He said the Society believed the bridge project was being used as a way to exploit the “valuable resources” of coal and clay in the fields adjacent Lime Lane.
“We can only assume by spending this amount of money on replacing the two bridges there are to be big gains long term, i.e. after the extraction of the resources, a hole to be filled, a long-term landfill site,” said Mr Weller.
“As we know, more rubbish is being recycled. That means less landfill; it also means a landfill as big as this is going to take much longer to fill – many years.
“Our village will see lorries coming from far and wide to dump rubbish,” he added.
The Pelsall Civic Society called for a campaign to stop the new bridge being built.
“Our message to those who have made comments and all residents of our village: we should be starting a campaign to stop this new bridge been built in the first place,” said Mr Weller.
“The authorities can repair the existing bridge at a fraction of the cost of a replacement, implement traffic calming measures and enforce the existing 10 tonne weight restriction. Problem solved.”