Bypass campaign: Support growing too strong to ignore

A frustrated homeowner has declared his property “unsellable” after years of fruitless campaigning for an A12 bypass.

Tim Plant, whose front window opens onto the busy main road, says he and wife Jacci have no choice but to stay in Farnham and continue a fight that he believes was won in vain years ago.

The 59-year-old has joined hundreds of EADT readers in throwing weight behind our campaign to finally secure an A12 bypass and improve safety along the notoriously bothersome stretch of road.

Mr Plant whose 84-year-old mother, Peggy, was a vigorous champion of the cause during her time on the parish council, believes the increasing volume of traffic on the road has devalued his home. He added: “I’ve lived on the bend here since 1994 and haven’t opened the front window for years.

“People may ask why I moved here at all, but I was born in the village and the argument for a bypass was won years ago.

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“Some people may be affected by a new road and I feel sorry, but I hope they can see why I want it.”

The electrician, who works away from home all day during the week, said the problem is made worse by empty articulated lorries rattling through the village and the constant sound of a drain cover being driven over directly outside his home. “If I had to stay here all day I’d go crazy”, he added.

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“I don’t want to sound like a whiner but it’s incredible what you learn to put up with.

The EADT’s Bypass 4 the Villages campaign aims to end decades of traffic misery along the busy Ipswich to Lowestoft route.

People living on the road thought the fight was won in the mid-90s but a planned bypass scheme was pulled at the 11th hour.

The bypass - which would run between Wickham Market and the Friday Street junction at Benhall - was estimated to cost �56million back in 2006.

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