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Row rumbles on over town’s traffic issues

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The debate over solutions to Sudbury’s congestion and pollution continues to rumble on, with claims of a lack of action by councillors.

Sudbury resident Luke Cresswell, who plans to stand for a seat on the town council in May, suggested via correspondence with Sudbury Town Council highways committee chairman Tony Platt that the authority had failed to take a proposal regarding a much mooted 20mph town centre speed limit to Suffolk County Council.

Mr Platt refuted these claims, adding: “Introducing a 20mph zone/limit in the town centre has been in our holistic approach since 2012 and this was communicated to them [the county council] at the time.”

He added that the town council had done “all it could” to put pressure on Suffolk County Council, which had insisted that the town centre failed to meet the criteria needed to introduce a 20mph zone.

In another swipe at Mr Platt, Mr Cresswell suggested that the former mayor and other councillors organise an event “in which to explain what you have or rather haven’t done to improve traffic congestion and pollution in Sudbury over the last 12 months”.

He added: “You can inform the local residents of your long and short-term plans, although you may not wish to look too far beyond May 7 [the date of the town council elections].”

Mr Platt said Mr Cresswell was trying to bring politics into the discussion, and said he had tried to keep politics out of the campaign.

He added that he was in the process of organising a public meeting to consider the town’s next move.

Mr Platt has also sent letters to residents in Cross Street, urging them to back calls to divert HGVs away from the town centre by removing them from the county’s strategic lorry route.

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