Residents hope to solve traffic woes

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A group of residents are hoping to put pressure on Suffolk County Council over long-standing traffic issues in Benton Street, Hadleigh.

The collection of around 50 residents – called the Benton Street Interest Group – urged people to attend the Babergh East Safer Neighbourhood Team’s (SNT) policing priorities meeting on Wednesday.

They hoped the SNT would confirm the dangers currently facing pedestrians and drivers in Benton Street due to heavy traffic flow and vehicles mounting the pavements.

Roger Young, a Benton Street resident who is part of the group, said the town’s county councillor, Brian Riley, had failed to get the local authority to recognise the traffic issues.

“What we are upset about is the fact that the county council has done absolutely nothing in terms of helping the problem that we have got in Benton Street,” he said.

“The police are heavily involved in this in the sense that they see all of the traffic offences.”

Some residents believe a solution is to implement a one-way system flowing south with a return via Hook Lane.

The county council has proposed to put in a chicane – a traffic calming measure which narrows the road – forcing drivers to slow down.

A county council spokesman said Benton Street was a difficult location facing several problems.

“We are preparing a traffic restriction order to provide a priority system to narrow the road, and widen the footway,” he said.

“It is experimental as we recognise that revisions may be necessary to get it right before undertaking any permanent work.

“It will also give residents time to gain experience of the layout and comment.”