More talks on solving problematic junction

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Plans for the redevelopment of a problematic junction close to Sudbury town centre have been discussed.

At a steering group meeting in Sudbury on Friday, members were shown five plans to remodel Belle Vue intersection, from which two plans were forwarded for consideration.

The junction connects Newton Road, Girling Street and Great Eastern Road.

Much of the town’s traffic builds up at this junction as it moves into the town centre’s one-way system along King Street.

It is believed changing the junction could alleviate some of this pressure.

Other changes may see cars able to go from the junction and up Newton Road. These plans will now be tested for their feasibility before any work can be started.

Steering group chairman Simon Barrett said it was important to ensure that any changes would actually have a positive impact before any money was spent.

Mr Barrett also warned against allowing planning and consulting to take too long and take up too many resources.

“We don’t want to spend too much money on consulting,” he said. “It’s better getting on and doing things.”

Around £460,000 was earmarked for improvements to the town as part of Suffolk County Council’s local transport plan.

However, more than £120,000 has been spent on consultations and on a controversial traffic calming hump in King Street.

Mr Barrett’s warning against further consultation came in response to calls for greater public involvement in the scheme.

Sudbury resident Theo Bird claimed the committee was an unelected body and should seek the feedback from members of the public on the new plans.

Mr Barrett said members of the group were from various bodies whereby they had been elected to their respected positions.

An update is expected to be delivered to the group in March.