Village gets the hump over speeding cars

SPEED WATCH: John Nunn, left, and Richard Kemp are calling for more measures to slow drivers in Bull Lane.

SPEED WATCH: John Nunn, left, and Richard Kemp are calling for more measures to slow drivers in Bull Lane.

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Long Melford could be set for an £8,000 speed hump in a bid to stop speeding drivers that have plagued a road for more than 20 years.

Despite several existing traffic calming measures, residents say drivers in Bull Lane regularly flaunt the 30mph limit imposed on the majority of the road, which runs from Hall Street to the A134.

John Nunn, a parish and district councillor for Long Melford, was asked about the issue by a resident at a recent parish council meeting and believes a permanent speed bump could be the answer,

“Coming from Hall Street, as soon as drivers get past the The Bull hotel they tend to put their foot down and don’t really slow down,” he said.

The project could cost between £5,000 and £8,000, according to Richard Kemp, a parish, district and county councillor.

Mr Nunn said: “That is a small price to pay instead of someone getting killed.

“I don’t feel that police cameras for one hour every week or every month solves the problem and we should be looking at a more permanent solution,” he added.

Mr Kemp said: “Speeding in Bull Lane has been a problem for 20 years. I have managed to get various things done over the years to try to slow the cars.

“I want to get some further analysis of the speeds and eventually get another traffic calming measure installed.

“The difficulty with a hump is the cost when nobody has any money. It can cause noise for residents so you need them on side.”

A spokesman for Suffolk County Council said: “These concerns have only recently been raised, however, we already have a team, working with the local community speed watch group, monitoring speeds.

“There is already a 30mph speed limit on much of the road and our initial assessment has shown that there has only been one collision causing injury in the last three years.

“Nonetheless, this is being monitored and investigated.”