Frustration over lack of dialogue on traffic issue

Ernie Broom

Ernie Broom - Credit: Archant

A community leader has expressed his frustration over the length of time it is taking for Suffolk County Council to come up with measures to mitigate traffic congestion in an area of Bury St Edmunds.

Ernie Broom, chairman of the Howard Estate Association for Residents and Tenants (HEART), has said he is dismayed that following a pledge by Graham Newman, cabinet member for roads and transport at Suffolk County Council, in October last year, he is yet to hear of any proposals.

At that meeting residents from Bury’s Howard estate raised concerns over the impact of a proposed 1,000-home development on the road network.

Mr Newman promised to work with councillors David Nettleton and Mark Ereira and officers to get answers to them as quickly as possible.

Mr Broom said: “We know what the roads are like – they are gridlocked already. We want to know how they will accommodate all the extra traffic.”

St Edmundsbury Borough Council formally granted outline permission for Countryside Properties’ plans for the north-west Bury site earlier this month. Mr Newman said: “It has to be understood that funding for any road or cycle lane infrastructure – both on the site and to mitigate the consequences of these developments elsewhere in the town – will have to be sought from the developers through Section 106 agreements.

“A satisfactory Section 106 agreement has been reached with the developer.”

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The county council said agreement was reached on all Section 106 matters including bus services, travel plans, highway improvements and contribution to wider highway improvements.

Mr Newman is now set to meet with Mr Nettleton and highways officers in December to look at the potential options for the Tollgate junction.