Developer’s offer to fund traffic measures outside village primary school was rejected by highways bosses
PUBLISHED: 07:48 18 October 2018 | UPDATED: 07:48 18 October 2018
Highways bosses have come under fire for rejecting traffic calming measures in a Suffolk village – despite a developer offering to pay the costs.
Hopkins & Moore had proposed several improvements in Snape, including a pedestrian crossing outside the primary school, as part of its St Benedict’s Place development, which was completed several years ago.
Villagers hoped the developer’s contribution would solve long-running traffic concerns and make the road safer for children.
However, the improvements never materialised because Suffolk County Council told Hopkins & Moore the measures were not necessary and nor was the £5,000 traffic survey it had offered to fund.
Julie Tooke, who lives in the village, said traffic was an “ongoing concern” and questioned why “nothing has been actioned from over three years ago”.
Snape Parish Council had been expecting the developer to contribute £25,000 towards traffic calming measures.
Parish chairman Tim Beach said Suffolk County Council did not utilise the offer from Hopkins& Moore.
“We only found out when we queried what had happened with the survey and money,” he added.
Although the proposed measures failed to get off the ground, Hopkins & Moore has since worked with the parish council on alternative schemes.
Hopkins & Moore’s development director Simon Bryan said the company had agreed to make a £25,000 donation to buy and install vehicle activated signs, which were provided in 2015.
Graham Woodcock, who was acting parish council chairman at the time, said he was delighted the initiative could move forward to address the “increasing amounts of speeding traffic” in the village.
Suffolk County Council has not explained why it did not take up the developer’s initial offer but has highlighted its support for other schemes.
A spokesman said: “Over recent years, Suffolk County Council has worked with Snape Parish Council to address speeding traffic concerns on the B1069, through the village and along the A1094 to the north. This resulted in the installation of speed activated signs on both roads. We take the safety of road users very seriously and we continue to welcome comments from, and work closely with town and parish councils to identify areas of improvement.”