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Future of link road between Chaucer Road and Clermont Avenue in Sudbury under scrutiny over safety concerns

A link road connecting two residential areas in Sudbury is under fire over growing safety worries, with a local councillor suggesting it should be done away with entirely.

Sudbury Town Council has requested Suffolk Highways investigate potential work on the narrow link between Chaucer Road and Clermont Avenue, in response to concerns about its use by unauthorised vehicles.

Implemented as a condition of a nearby development in 2012, the road was adopted by Suffolk County Council in 2016, with the intention for providing access between the two estates for bus services and emergency vehicles.

Clermont Avenue/Chaucer Road link with Councillor John Sayers. (38395779)
Clermont Avenue/Chaucer Road link with Councillor John Sayers. (38395779)

However, town councillor John Sayers argued the link has a poor design that has deterred buses, particularly after a Chambers service was damaged during a trial run in 2014, while emergency services have often been blocked by unlawfully-parked vehicles.

Residents have also reported vehicles illegally using it as a cut-through, presenting a potential danger to children playing in the area.

Cllr Sayers told the Free Press he believes the link road should be landscaped over, but acknowledged the current state of public finances could make this difficult.

“At the outset of this link road being constructed, my opinion was always that it would not operate as planned,” he said.

“Landscaping it and putting in a footpath would solve the problems. It’s an issue that just festers on – it’s time to draw a line under it.”

Suffolk Highways confirmed it will look into the town council’s request, and added that any vehicles unlawfully using the link should be reported to Suffolk Police.

But a spokeswoman said: “Landscaping the area was previously considered, along with the installation of temporary bollards. However, this was not considered appropriate at that time, as it would remove the possibility of the link being used for its intended purpose.

“Suffolk Fire and Rescue have previously raised concerns of vehicles parking and blocking the access and this was referred to Suffolk Police. Any potential changes to this area will require consultation with all parties.”

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