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Frustration grows at lack of action over traffic woes

IMPROVEMENTS NEEDED: Sudbury mayor Adrian Osborne at Belle Vue junction, which is at the centre of traffic proposals.

IMPROVEMENTS NEEDED: Sudbury mayor Adrian Osborne at Belle Vue junction, which is at the centre of traffic proposals.

Residents are being invited to have their say on the best way to solve Sudbury’s traffic headache.

A community meeting to discuss the issues of congestion and pollution in the town is to be held next month.

Luke Cresswell, from Cross Street, said the meeting was needed due to mounting frustration over a lack of action from councils to tackle problems.

“This meeting is about the community coming up with solutions to issues and campaigning as a community,” said Mr Cresswell, chairman of the South Suffolk Labour Party.

“Not enough is being addressed and if someone has an issue they are not being listened to.”

Debate is to centre on efforts to improve traffic flow through the town.

A total of £364,000 has been made available by Suffolk County Council, with proposals in place for work at Belle Vue junction, which would allow traffic from Cornard Road to turn up Newton Road.

A survey into the plans is due to be carried out later this year after being sanctioned by Sudbury Steering Group.

But Mr Cresswell said progress was too slow.

“People have been going on about the bypass for years and years, but it is not going to happen,” he said.

“The people who live with the problems day in, day out are the best people to make a decision on what to do, whether it is more resident-only car parking or banning HGVs.

“If we can work together as a community, we can come up with answers.”

Mr Cresswell said he would be inviting Sudbury councillors to the meeting at All Saints’ Church in Church Street on June 3 – and all residents were welcome.

“Everyone can come and everyone is equal,” he said.

“Most people agree something has to be done about the traffic and pollution – and councillors can come and have their input,” he added.

“There has been talk about it for a long time, but nothing has been done and it is a joke.”

The meeting starts at 7pm.

 

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