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Action plan seeks to restore village green in Long Melford

Measures to address the deterioration of a village green, caused by vehicles driving on to the land, have been outlined, with councillors determined to find solutions to the problem.

A two-stage plan aimed at safeguarding the green and improving parking provisions in Long Melford was approved in principle by the parish council last week, in response to growing concerns in the village.

John Nunn....PICTURE: Mecha Morton. (31481225)
John Nunn....PICTURE: Mecha Morton. (31481225)

The first phase will seek to place a large log as a barrier to deter motorists from unlawfully mounting the kerb in High Street, near to The Hare pub and the Cherry Lane nursery, to access the green, while also allowing areas of badly-damaged land time to recover.

At the same time, a programme of repairs is planned for the heavily-potholed car park next to the former hospital, to provide a full-functioning parking space.

Following this work, the plan’s second phase will look at developing a more long-term parking solution for the village and will include a consultation with residents.

The proposal was developed by a working group – consisting of parish councillors John Nunn and Jonathan Ewbank, Holy Trinity Church warden Ian McDonald and land owner William Hyde Parker – following a petition signed by 165 residents calling for action.

Mr Nunn (pictured), who chairs the parish council, told the Free Press: “We are working hard to find a long-term solution to the green problem, which we hope will return it to a condition that can be enjoyed by all.

At the council’s monthly meeting on Thursday, Mr Ewbank stated it was important not to rush a solution, to avoid incurring large unnecessary expenses or inadvertently causing parking congestion elsewhere.

“For phase two, we will be talking to residents to present a range of options,” he said. “It’s likely phase two will take one to two years, but this has been a problem that has been getting steadily worse for about 20 years.

“We’re going to deal with the immediate problems as best we can. It’s a complex area, but we will get to the bottom of this. I refuse to believe we can’t solve this problem, as long as we go about it correctly.”

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