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Retired police officer calls for action over road safety issues in Sudbury


By Priya Kingsley-Adam


Alan Allum has raised concerns about the road near his house which does not have a footpath..Mr Allum walks along Middleton Road every day to walk his dogs, but said the lack of path and poor visability of road signs poses a constant danger for pedestrians......PICTURE: Mecha Morton... .. (4821414)
Alan Allum has raised concerns about the road near his house which does not have a footpath..Mr Allum walks along Middleton Road every day to walk his dogs, but said the lack of path and poor visability of road signs poses a constant danger for pedestrians......PICTURE: Mecha Morton... .. (4821414)

A retired police officer is calling for urgent action on a busy road in Sudbury, after voicing concerns over safety issues.

Due to a lack of footpaths on Middleton Road, which Alan Allum claims has led to a series of near misses, he now fears that “something bad is going to happen”.

He said the abundance of weeds on grass verges has forced pedestrians to walk in the road.

Mr Allum said motorists do not always see pedestrians until the last minute.

“That stretch of road is getting more and more dangerous,” said Mr Allum, citing other safety concerns.

“The sun in the morning is directed straight down Middleton Road into the faces of drivers heading out of town, towards Henny, blinding them, and when the road surface is wet, the situation is even worse with reflected glare,” said the 72-year-old.

“I do have some sympathy with them; they simply can’t see.”

Alan Allum has raised concerns about the road near his house which does not have a footpath..Mr Allum walks along Middleton Road every day to walk his dogs, but said the lack of path and poor visability of road signs poses a constant danger for pedestrians......PICTURE: Mecha Morton... .. (4821412)
Alan Allum has raised concerns about the road near his house which does not have a footpath..Mr Allum walks along Middleton Road every day to walk his dogs, but said the lack of path and poor visability of road signs poses a constant danger for pedestrians......PICTURE: Mecha Morton... .. (4821412)

Mr Allum claims the situation could be improved by maintaining the grass verges and trees at the side of the road.

“Cutting back the overgrowth once or twice a year would create a safe, albeit rough path,” he said. “I regularly see the grass on the steep bank in Middleton Road being cut, but no-one walks there – surely safety comes before cosmetic.”

Mr Allum added: “Mothers with pushchairs and anyone walking in the mornings in that direction has to duck and weave round overhanging branches and it is an accident, potentially fatal, waiting to happen.”

Parked cars along the road are also narrowly missed by motorists, claimed Mr Allum, who has suggested extending the lay-bys.

Having been informed by Suffolk Highways last year that the matter would be resolved, Mr Allum is keen to see the issue resolved.



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