Councillor sets up survey for link road

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Suffolk County Council has been accused of not consulting residents regarding plans for a Sudbury bypass, with a survey set up to find out if the idea is publicly supported.

Robert Lindsay, a Babergh district councillor and Green Party parliamentary candidate for South Suffolk, has accused the county authority of failing to ask residents whether they want a western link road.

His claims come as the county council has announced plans to set up traffic surveys to assess through traffic in the town as part of any bypass proposal.

He said: “I have seen no attempt by Conservative councillors, who keep saying everyone wants a bypass, or the Conservative candidate, who is pressing for a bypass, to canvass opinion on this.”

James Cartlidge, Conservative parliamentary candidate, has been vocal in his support of the scheme as part of his Keep Sudbury Moving campaign.

Mr Lindsay objects to the bypass, which would cut across the town’s water meadows.

He says this would damage the environment and wildlife and encourage further development and increase road traffic.

Graham Newman, Suffolk County Council’s cabinet member for roads and transport, said: “We are working with the Local Enterprise Partnership to identify where new road projects may be needed.

“It is right that we periodically monitor the growth of traffic on this route, and analyse what proportion is terminal within, or in transit through, Sudbury.”

The survey will close on February 28. It can be found at www.surveymonkey.com/s/c5yqhmr.