Councillors meet over Benton Street

Residents are unhappy about the traffic on Benton Street, Hadleigh ANL-150630-141800009
Residents are unhappy about the traffic on Benton Street, Hadleigh ANL-150630-141800009

Top highways chiefs have been to Hadleigh to discuss ways to improve a road plagued by traffic problems.

Suffolk county councillor James Finch, cabinet member for highways and transport and Steve Merry, highways officer at Suffolk County Council, attended a meeting of Benton Street residents, facilitated by Hadleigh Town Council, on November 10, to discuss the proposal of a chicane.

The idea of putting in a chicane to stop traffic jams and cars being driven on the paths was tabled by district councillor Kathryn Grandon.

The plan is considered by the county council as the most cost effective measure that would alleviate a problem of pedestrian safety in Benton Street.

“The residents felt very strongly that the proposed positioning of the chicane on the narrowest part of the road would cause traffic back log leading to more congestion,” town councillor and Benton Street resident Sue Monks told the Free Press.

“Also the traffic could still mount the pavement further up the road.”

Ideas, including one way systems, bollards, and a bypass were put forward.

The road’s issues have been described as four-fold; vehicles mounting the pavement, over-weight vehicles using the road, amount of traffic too much for the width of the road to allow smooth flow and pollution from standing traffic.

Mr Finch and Mr Merry have agreed to look again at other ideas before reporting to the town council.