Residents question timing and necessity of planned road resurfacing works in Hadleigh
Planned roadworks in Hadleigh – set to begin next week – have drawn the ire of residents, who have questioned their timing and necessity.
Suffolk Highways has confirmed that Gallows Hill, Friars Road and part of Bridge Street will be temporarily closed to traffic between Wednesday, May 8, and Tuesday, May 14, to allow for resurfacing work.
The work, which has been cited as necessary to improve the road surface, will take place each night from 7pm to 5am, excluding weekends, with access controlled by staff on site.
But nearby residents fear the overnight works schedule will be extremely disruptive, and have raised concerns about the impact the heavy resurfacing machinery could have on historic properties, including Grade II listed homes, situated close to the road.
Bridge Street resident Adam Woods told the Free Press: "I think it will be a real nightmare getting any sleep and we’re considering whether we should move out for the week.
"The impression we have is they don't know a great deal about the street by the way they are doing the works from 7pm to 5am.
"We are right on the road, so if they are coming to do works, we have no idea what consequence that will have on the buildings.
"It seems crazy that there will be a whole load of machinery here that, for all we know, will shake the buildings to their very core."
Mr Woods also claimed the work may not be needed, stating he saw very few issues with the road surface.
This was echoed by town councillor Angela Wiltshire, who argued that construction traffic for the housing development in nearby Corks Lane would quickly undo any work.
“It seems to me a massive waste of money, on top of putting people out for no reason,” she said. “It doesn’t seem sensible.
“I accept it’s a major thoroughfare and they say it’s preventative, but this is a residential area and Bridge Street is not in urgent need of repair.”
In response, Suffolk Highways said the scheme had been carefully planned to ensure residents do not have to battle with full road closures during the day.
“Although we have allowed seven days to complete this work, we aim to have it completed in four nights, weather dependent,” a spokeswoman said.
“This will mean two nights of resurfacing, with the laying of road markings and other minor works, including the reinstatement of man hole covers and gullies.
"It is our normal approach to carry out resurfacing of A and B roads at night but, due to the number of overhead cables and overhanging buildings combined with the need to avoid these with the machines and vehicles associated with resurfacing, that wasn't possible with Benton Street.
"Our team fully appreciates the concerns raised regarding levels of noise, and measures will be taken to ensure this is kept to a minimum, including ensuring the noisier operations take place before midnight.
"Resurfacing work is undertaken next to old buildings all the time and, in this instance, the road rollers used to compact the asphalt we’ll be laying will have their vibration setting switched to ‘off’."