December 20 2014 Latest news:
Saturday, February 1, 2014
Momentum behind a road safety campaign has increased following a major accident that caused thousands of pounds of damage to an historic east Suffolk landmark.
Campaigners are hopeful that the attention gained by the crash, which left a 15-metre hole in Easton’s crinkle crankle wall last November, will lead to new traffic calming measures and fewer accidents in the village after a number of positive meetings were held to address the problem.
Ian Palfreyman, who is co-ordinating the campaign, said there had been 15 road accidents in the village, near Framlingham, over the past four years, seven of which happened last year. He fears the problem will only worsen without action.
“From our experience and speaking to people in the village it seems as though there are more people speeding,” he said.
“If we don’t do something about it an historic landmark that has been there for hundreds of years is going to end up looking like a patchwork quilt.”
Mr Palfreyman has arranged for the 200-year-old wall to be repaired at a cost of up to £24,000 using 2,000 bricks salvaged from the wreckage.
However, the father-of-one remains particularly concerned about the dangers facing children, following an accident in September when an 11-year-old boy was hurt.
Possible solutions to the problems raised following meetings between politicians, police and highways officers, include better signposting and advisory speed limits.
Police have also identified traffic in the village as a priority, and Dan Poulter, MP for Suffolk Central and North Ipswich, has offered his support.
“It has been a long-standing problem going back many years and my main concern is that there is a school in the village and a number of young families with children,” said Dr Poulter.
“There’s been an unusually high number of accidents over the past year to 18 months and I’ve been doing all I can to make sure the county council takes firm action.”
A public meeting will take place in Easton Village Hall at 6.30pm on March 4 when the county council will update people on potential improvements.