Town fury at roadworks scheme
By Sarah ChambersRESIDENTS in a seaside town fear planned roadworks will cause major disruption at the height of the resort's tourist season.Work at Snape Watering, on the main A1094 road into Aldeburgh, is due to begin on June 23.
By Sarah Chambers
RESIDENTS in a seaside town fear planned roadworks will cause major disruption at the height of the resort's tourist season.
Work at Snape Watering, on the main A1094 road into Aldeburgh, is due to begin on June 23.
Single-vehicle traffic is set to head over a bailey bridge, controlled by lights, over a 33-week period while a new bridge is installed.
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Although the work misses the end of the Aldeburgh Festival, it still comes at the height of the summer season and school holiday period.
Peter Watson, new chairman of Aldeburgh Business Association, said: “The timing is incredibly disadvantageous. They couldn't do it at a worse time.
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“It's a grave mistake to be digging up the main access route into Aldeburgh right in the middle of our summer season. Aldeburgh is enjoyed because it's relatively remote, but it's easily accessible.”
Andrew Harris, clerk to Aldeburgh Town Council, feared the work would affect events, such as the Aldeburgh Carnival, one of the highlights of the town's year, which takes place on August 18.
“We have only just found out about this. I think it's ridiculous in the height of the summer,” he said.
Mr Harris felt the work should be carried out during a quieter period, perhaps over the winter, and feared if people were caught up in jams, they would think twice about coming to the town next time.
“It's the main road into Aldeburgh. Surely they can do this quicker than 33 weeks?” he asked.
Mr Harris said the town council understood the roadworks needed to be done, but felt the timing was “ludicrous”. The matter will be raised at the town council meeting on Monday.
A spokesman for Suffolk County Council said: “We appreciate the concerns of local people, but we have tried to work closely with the town council in planning the work.
“We have programmed construction to avoid the Aldeburgh Festival, but want to start during the summer so we can complete the bulk of the work before the winter.
“This will enable us to make use of longer daylight hours and help us to complete the work as soon as possible.”
He added: “We apologise for any inconvenience the work will cause and will try to keep disruption to a minimum.
“The bridge has failed a structural assessment and would need a weight restriction if we weren't replacing it.
“We will be installing a temporary bridge while the work is being carried out and temporary one-way traffic management will be in place.”