Ideas for problem road are rejected

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Residents of a road where lorries keep crashing into listed houses have rejected two plans to help alleviate the problem.

Lavenham Parish Council is going back to the drawing board to try to come up with an alternative to appeal to householders in Water Street.

Chairman Roy Whitworth said: “We had two proposals on the table but, unfortunately, we cannot take them forward because there is no consensus. There is no point in going ahead with something unless the residents of the street agree with it.”

He said one plan involved building bollards out into the street from the pavement along a section where ancient buildings over hang the road.

The other involved imposing a no parking area on one side of the street.

Several residents of listed buildings had complained to the parish council about the costly damage to properties in the narrow street, which contains some of the village’s finest listed buildings.

Others claim satellite navigation system use has exacerbated the problem.

Mr Whitworth added: “Unfortunately, there is no universal solution and it’s quite complicated because there are legal requirements in terms of the size of the pavements.

“Obviously there is a solution somewhere but we have now got to speak to highway officers to get them to suggest some alternatives.

“There are concerns about the traffic, but we do not want to go down the wrong route.”