Heavy traffic through villages laid down in the age of the horse and cart is a thorny issue throughout my patch. For example, a trio of Wiltshire villages - Chapmanslade, Corsley and Maiden Bradley together with the Deverill Valley - are cooperating against rat-running lorries ignoring the strategic freight route. Residents have been very patient but enough is enough. The ancient buildings along village roads and the fabric of the streets have had enough too. What should happen now is a weight limit on traffic through blighted villages directing lorries to roads built for them. A useful spin off would be a reduction in the council’s road repair bill caused by destructive heavy traffic, fewer potholes and a saving to Wiltshire’s hard pressed council tax payers.