Survey will slash roads budget by total of £100,000

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Despite a diminishing pot of money, it has been agreed that further surveys are needed to improve a troublesome junction in Sudbury.

From an initial £460,000 budget earmarked to sort out Sudbury’s congestion problems, only £364,000 now remains.

The rest has been spent on feasibility studies, a public consultation and management fees, as well as a speed bump in King Street, costing £65,000.

Despite this, a further survey of the junction in Belle Vue Road was authorised by Sudbury Steering Group to ensure any plans for its improvement were trouble-free.

Suzanne Buck, highways officer at Suffolk County Council, told a meeting of the group: “If we get a deliverable scheme, we can ask for more money.”

Town councillor Jack Owen, however, was worried that the survey would hold back any development, with the remaining £364,000 having to be committed to projects before the end of the financial year.

“As time goes on, people are going to get frustrated as they don’t know what’s going on,” he said.

After Mrs Buck reassured the group the survey could take place within three weeks, it was unanimously approved.

Mrs Buck went on to give an update on plans to redevelop the town’s bus station, and the wider Hamilton Road quarter.

She said the purchase of Navigation House had been a positive step forward and that there would be a further report on the scheme’s progress in June.