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Bentwaters: Development could create traffic nightmare on road network

12:45 21 July 2014

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Villagers fear a huge increase in traffic could be on the cards if a new blueprint for the former Bentwaters base is approved – making their lives a nightmare.

Flying has been the main issue for most people as the future of the former USAF Cold War base has come under the microscope, but some parish councillors and residents fear the activity on the ground could have just as big an impact on local life.

Planners are being asked to approve uses for nearly 200 buildings at the 936-acre site to bring new business and create new jobs.

These could include a wide variety of uses, including agricultural, storage and distribution, and many are already existing businesses but their permissions need to be regularised.

Bentwaters Parks and Stansall Properties Ltd propose strict limits of 690,000 vehicles a year using the site – including 45,000 lorries – but Eyke Parish Council says the road network is “totally inadequate”.

The council said: “What is being proposed will have a major impact which will irrevocably change the tranquility of the area for ever.

“When the owners/developers held Golf GTI days, they generated literally thousands of vehicles, which backed up from the A12 and through the village of Eyke – some four miles of stationary traffic – as you can imagine this caused total mayhem.

“An air show will subject this village to thousands of additional vehicles on an already totally inadequate road structure.

“Part of the village does not have footpaths and pedestrians have to walk in the road with the traffic.

“With the development of Rendlesham and the irregular operations at Bentwaters Parks, the quality of life for the villagers of Eyke has been greatly diminished.

“We accept that it is a changing world, but must it be so brutal in destroying the tranquility of this area?”

Traffic consultants say their surveys show 70% of Bentwaters traffic goes through Eyke, around 6,700 vehicles per day.

The applicant were willing to make a financial contribution toward traffic calming, such as village gateways and speed indicator devices.

Steven Bainbridge, of Evolution Town Planning, agents for the applicants, said not all traffic to and from the base would go through Eyke.

He said: “The A1152 through Eyke is identified by the Suffolk County Council as part of the Suffolk Lorry Route Network. This road serves Rendlesham and on to Tunstall, Snape and Snape Maltings.”

Mr Bainbridge said the county highways department was happy with the traffic flow statistics, and there had been no material increase in daily vehicle flows at the site over a nearly four year period.

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  • Eyke council quote “We accept that it is a changing world, but must it be so brutal in destroying the tranquility of this area?” ,what are they on about ? I spend a lot of time on Bentwaters and its so quiet 95% of the time,the most noise comes from traffic going past on the A1152. Although the airfield is busier this time of year with crops coming in off the fields to be sorted into crates, perhaps the councillors don't realise how fresh veg gets into the shops from the fields ?? The Golf GTI days were years a go, i could say the same about Latitude last weekend close to me.As its traffic chaos for three days but its part of life and many people get great enjoyment out of it. If this planning application fails be prepared for the whole site to be sold to a housing developer or for wind turbines. I say you don't know how lucky you are (that goes for Snape Maltings and the yachty types.

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    milkyway

    Tuesday, July 22, 2014

  • It's hard to know why this non-story keeps getting a new angle each week. Does the editor have a personal interest in trying to get the minor changes proposed stopped? It's doubtful that the changes will bring traffic levels anywhere near the levels that existed when the base was fully operational. What tack will this story take when it is published again next week?

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    amsterdam81

    Monday, July 21, 2014

  • The area is making themselves a laughing stock now "Part of the village does not have footpaths" like many other villages in Suffolk boo hoo, what's new. Rejoice change and welcome the small changes forecast, or do you want the run taken up and houses built like Martlesham Heath was which is now thriving community with lots of noise and cars. Doesn’t matter how you play it, this site was built for planes and traffic from years ago, consider how small Stapleford in Essex is and they had airshow’s, no pavements and small roads. Wake up and get real people, this isn’t going away :)

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    newsaddict

    Monday, July 21, 2014

  • First day of the week and a new scare story,funny how the road was wide enough for a masssive u s airbase. next scare story please.

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    saxon

    Monday, July 21, 2014

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