Reassurances made about road closures in Aldeburgh during Tour of Britain’s visit
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Reassurances have been offered to ease concerns that a major cycling road race could bring disruption to a Suffolk town.
Aldeburgh residents are said to be “horrified” by the road closures proposed for the Tour of Britain’s visits to the town next month.
Stage six, on Friday, September 8, will see top cyclists race across Suffolk from Newmarket to Aldeburgh in what has been widely welcomed as a great opportunity for the county.
But while thousands of people are expected to line the streets for the event, there are also concerns about its effect on travel.
Suffolk Coastal District Council (SCDC) has written to inform Aldeburgh businesses and residents of road closures and parking suspensions affecting much of the town centre around High Street, Victoria Road and Crag Path. Some are all day, while others are between 1.30-4pm.
Town resident Lamorna Good said many people would not be able to get in or out of Aldeburgh for much of the day, which could cause problems, particularly for older residents.
“People are horrified by it,” she added. “I’m concerned this will affect a lot of people who are not yet aware of it. My personal concern is that my husband is in a care home and had to be taken to hospital three times recently and I would hate to be trapped here and unable to go with him.”
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Businesses in the town are also concerned. Sue Thompson of Thompson’s Gallery,High Street, said not enough information had been provided and she was not sure whether to open that day.
“We don’t want to seem like killjoys but it is our business,” she added. “It seems like it could be quite chaotic.”
SCDC has moved to reassure people that the road closure plans were“tried and tested” at other large events. A spokesman said all residents and businesses affected had been offered free alternative parking to reduce disruption.
“While we apologise for an inconvenience, the road closures are necessary to ensure the safety of the riders and spectators of this prestigious event,” the spokesman added. “Ultimately, we believe the positives the sport brings make it a fantastic opportunity for everyone and we hope we can continue to support the sport in the future.”
SCDC said major cycling events in the county had seen the sport become more popular while helping to boost the economy and attract visitors.