December 9 2013 Latest news:
Thursday, October 24, 2013
People who attended a meeting about a new housing development’s impact on the roads left feeling frustrated their questions remained unanswered.
The Howard Estate Association of Residents and Tenants (HEART) in Bury St Edmunds held a meeting to quiz representatives from Suffolk County Council about what the plan is for the roads as a major housing development is proposed next to their estate.
This north-west Bury development is one of five key housing sites being planned for the town, as outlined in the borough council’s Vision 2031 proposals, and Countryside Properties has already submitted an outline planning application.
HEART chairman Ernie Broom said people had wanted to find out whether the proposed bus link between the Howard and the new estate would come through Clay Road or the site of Howard Middle School, which could be to where the primary school is relocated.
But at the end of the heated meeting with Graham Newman, cabinet member for roads and transport at the county council, and Dave Watson, the county’s transport strategy manager, Mr Broom said: “We thought we were going to get answers and I’m very disappointed we haven’t.”
Mr Newman said: “I’m sorry you feel like that. We have got county councillors here in the room and I give you my pledge I will work as hard as I can with David [Nettleton] and Mark [Ereira] and the officers to get answers to you as quickly as possible.”
Craig Malton, of Beard Road, said his main concern was the new bus route could be near his house. Residents also wanted to know how the county council planned to deal with increased congestion on the roads. Tom Murray said there needed to be a “fully-thought out and costed plan” not in 2031, but now.
Mr Newman said £10million worth of improvements would be needed in the town overall, which they planned to use “in terms of bus prioritisation, improving the capacity of junctions in the town centre, making alternatives to using [private] cars to get to the town centre more attractive”.
Mr Watson said he did not think the developer would put in place links – including cycle and pedestrian routes – from the north-west Bury development in the first phase of building, which raised more concerns from residents.