A Highbury resident says he is at his wits’ end in an ongoing stoush involving hay trucks travelling through the town. Joseph Cook said he was frustrated with hay processor Geoff Ballard for using Highbury’s Campbell Street as a route for trucking hay for a new hay plant. Mr Cook claimed Cr Ballard — a Shire of Narrogin councillor — was putting business interests ahead of what was best for Highbury. However, Cr Ballard rejected the claims and said once his hay plant was up and running it would benefit the town. “It’s exactly the opposite,” Cr Ballard said. “When we eventually establish business there, we are looking at employing around 15 people and in my opinion that will be very good for Highbury in regards to employment and economic activity in the town.” Mr Cook said Campbell Street was classified as a residential road and was intended for service vehicles. “We want the trucks to cease immediately, there is no reason for trucks to be going up there,” Mr Cook said. “Currently, the trucks are so big they have to use the Highbury Tavern car park to turn around before coming up Campbell Street.” But Cr Ballard disagreed. “We are establishing a hay processing facility in the paddock and we have to get product in there to process, so of course we need to deliver product to the paddock,” he said. “The only legal way is through Campbell Street and we can only use single trailers because we’re prevented from using B-doubles and road trains,”Cr Ballard said. According to Mr Cook, 200 hay trucks had been carting bales of hay to a paddock in close proximity to the town. “The times of entry for the trucks are between 7am and 7pm on weekdays however the drivers are not adhering to this,” Mr Cook said. According to Cr Ballard, there was never an agreement for truck curfew times. “We are in the process of creating an entrance off Great Southern Highway and it’s taking a long time to get approved from Main Roads,” he said. “When we have that entrance we will be limited to those entry times of 7am-7pm, but using Campbell Street, there is no curfew or time restriction for any trucks on a public road.” Cr Ballard said he was having trouble with Main Roads allowing access straight off the highway. “If that had been approved earlier then they’d be no trucks coming through Highbury, we expected to have this entrance long before now,” he said. Mr Cook recommended Highbury West Road as an alternative route. Mr Ballard said the Shire would not allow the use of Highbury West Road due to the need to create a new entrance into his property. Highbury Tavern owner Lionel Brooks said he had safety and maintenance concerns. “It is unsafe for those trucks coming round the corner but it’s just the crap that comes off the trucks and blows through my doors,” he said. “That’s the main problem I’ve got. I’m all for their business, don’t get me wrong. It’s just the fact that if they cleaned their trucks a bit better, it would be better for me.” Cr Ballard said he hoped to get his hay plant up and running by September this year.