A Suffolk transport boss has voiced frustration over a new roundabout next to a housing development which he claims is too small for some vehicles to use.

Simon Wilson, director of Elmswell-based HC Wilson Transport, has said the roundabout at the new Hopkins Homes development off the A14 at Woolpit is "unfit for purpose".

He said the company's special type vehicles can't easily navigate it as it is not big enough for anything larger than a "normal" HGV. 

Mr Wilson said: "There's this new roundabout coming off the A14 and we've been telling them since the end of last year that the roundabout is not big enough for the vehicles using the junction. Nobody is listening to us." 

He said he spoke to developer Hopkins Homes in January and warned them of the issue, but feels he was not listened to. 

"We have been driving this way for 40 years but now they have built this junction too small for the vehicles," he said.

"They are not really listening to what we are telling them. We're telling Hopkins Homes not to build it that small because the vehicles can't negotiate those turns. 

"I can understand the reasons for building it because they need the access but they were building it last year in the field next to the road and we could see then it wasn't big enough. 

"There is no point building it that small because you will have to do it again because it will get damaged." 

A spokesman for Hopkins Homes said: “This roundabout has been designed and built in accordance with the guidelines set out by the relevant authorities including Suffolk Highways and National Highways.

“It is still under construction, placing limitations on the space available for larger vehicles.

"An alternative route is available for heavy goods vehicles to use, and this was communicated to all local haulage companies, in advance of the works starting.

“Once completed, the roundabout will improve connectivity and accessibility for residents and businesses alike. Furthermore, we would like to emphasise the wider benefits that the new development brings to the Woolpit community, including 300 much needed homes.”

A Suffolk Highways spokesperson said: "Suffolk County Council is liaising with the developer and National Highways regarding the concerns raised.

"Temporary traffic management is currently in place on the roundabout so it is difficult to say whether the completed work will cause issues for HGV traffic.

"An audit will be carried out following the construction work and any concerns highlighted will be remedied if necessary."