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Results of Woodbridge Thoroughfare Consultation

PUBLISHED: 08:09 06 December 2017 | UPDATED: 08:36 06 December 2017

Left to right: Jill Barrett, Rick Chapman, PCSO Graeme Hawkes, Maggie Chapman, Emma Greenhouse, county councillor Caroline Page, Julian Royale and Geoff Holdcroft, who have been involved in the changes. Picture: YVONNE HOLDCROFT

Left to right: Jill Barrett, Rick Chapman, PCSO Graeme Hawkes, Maggie Chapman, Emma Greenhouse, county councillor Caroline Page, Julian Royale and Geoff Holdcroft, who have been involved in the changes. Picture: YVONNE HOLDCROFT

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The news is the latest step in the lengthy process.

Campaigners argued that the signs currently on display were confusing and difficult to understand.

Restrictions on the type of vehicles allowed in the area, times and weights of the vehicles which are allowed to unload have long been a source of frustration for many in the town.

The Thoroughfare Working Group was set up to clarify the rules regarding the main shopping street in the town and conducted the consultation.

It took place at the end of September with members of the public being asked to fill in questionaires at Woodbridge Library and a a stall on the Thoroughfare.

Questionaires were also handed out to stallholders and residents in the area with three options being proposed.

Option 1 stated that there would be no access down the road between 10am and 4pm every day with the exception of permitholders and those loading.

Option 2 stated that there would be no access at any time except for permitholders and loading.

Option 3 stated that there would be no access down the road between 10am and 4pm Monday to Saturday again with the exception of permitholders and loading.

Each of these options also asked whether disabled parking should be excluded from the changes.

Those who filled in the consultation overwhelmingly chose the second option, restricting the access to the road all week including for disabled drivers.

County councillor and member of the Thoroughfare Working Group, Caroline Page said she was pleased with the results.

“It was satisying that there was a clear winner but this is only the first step of a longer process.

“We have done our best to reflect what people might be concerned about,” she added.

The full results of the consultation will be avaliable to view in Woodbridge Library until December 15.

A further consultation will be held before the plans are looked at formally by Suffolk County Council next year.

Those with any comment on the results or proposed changes are asked to email thoroughfareconsultation@outlook.com.

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