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Great Waldingfield: Delay to safety measures at danger points near school

PUBLISHED: 12:27 26 February 2013 | UPDATED: 12:27 26 February 2013

Great Waldingfield Primary School

Great Waldingfield Primary School

CAMPAIGNERS who have fought to resolve traffic problems around a west Suffolk primary school fear that measures agreed to by the county highways department will never be implemented.

Last May, Suffolk County Council engineer Ross Corbyn confirmed that the authority would install yellow lines at danger points on Badleys Close and Folly Road, close to Great Waldingfield Primary.

This was after people living near the school complained that the roads were dangerously congested with cars parked on both sides at peak times.

But Mr Corbyn, who has since left the council, warned that the legal process could take up to six months because traffic regulation orders allowing the police to enforce the new measures would have to go through a public consultation process.

Paul Claridge of Badleys Close, who has written repeatedly to the council during the past year on behalf of worried villagers, said that, nine months after the county made the decision, the promised yellow lines had failed to materialise and very little had been done to ease the situation.

He said: “It has been several months since a plan was drawn up by the council highways department, so I contacted the council to see what was being done and I was eventually referred to our local county councillor Colin Spence.

“He was very sympathetic and assured me he has been trying to get the plan to go ahead. However, I now have strong doubts that anything will come of this because of all of the cuts that are being made across the council.

“On the plus side, small notices have been clipped to three lamp posts just inside Badleys Close stating that it is illegal to park on bends and some nearby areas, which were issued by the council’s legal department. I now fear that this is the best we are going to get.”

Mr Spence warned that, as schools across Suffolk grow during the next year, traffic and parking problems were likely to crop up all over the county.

Last night he told The EADT that he shared Mr Claridge’s frustrations about the situation in Great Waldingfield, but he said he was still hopeful that the road safety measures could be implemented.

He added: “Once something like this has been agreed, it has to go out to public consultation and in this case, an objection was received which has delayed the process.

“That means that the whole process now has to go to the county’s rights of way committee, which is scheduled to meet next on March 13.

“The Great Waldingfield item is on the agenda and I am still hopeful that the right decision will be made.”

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