Woodbridge: Anger over deteriorating road surface

Users of Warwick Avenue, Woodbridge campaign against the state of the raod surface Cllr Caroline Pag

Users of Warwick Avenue, Woodbridge campaign against the state of the raod surface Cllr Caroline Page with Cllr Diana Bull, Lisa and Aaron-James Pamment, Claire Sears, Paul and Julie Clark, David and Cath Scrivener

A group of neighbours have shown united frustration at the deteriorating state of their road.

Users of Warwick Avenue, Woodbridge campaign against the state of the raod surface
Cllr Caroline Pag

Users of Warwick Avenue, Woodbridge campaign against the state of the raod surface Cllr Caroline Page

Residents of Warwick Avenue, in Woodbridge, demonstrated their impatience with the county’s roads authority over the crumbling condition of the street, which they say has been left neglected for years.

County councillor Caroline Page, who along with district councillor Diana Ball is backing a campaign with the slogan “enough is enough” to finally get the road resurfaced, said: “I have been trying since I was elected in 2008 to get something done about this road.

“Every year I’m told it’s on the list of things to do - and every year it doesn’t happen.

“It seems the road won’t get fixed because of the way it has been classified. The council says it’s a dead-end road but we say it isn’t.

“It’s the only place in Woodbridge outside the town centre with a post office. It has a shop, a pub and a takeaway restaurant. It’s where parents drop off Farlingaye pupils and it is used by people to get to the A12.

“I’ve asked for the road to be reclassified but I’m not holding my breath.”

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Whether a road is a resurfacing priority depends on a number of factors, including condition and classification. Last year, the Government gave more responsibility to local highway authorities. They no longer need agreement from the Department for Transport to reclassify a road.

A Suffolk County Council spokeswoman said: “We fully appreciate local concern regarding Warwick Avenue and are making resurfacing works one of our highest priorities in our bids for funding next year.

“The road is regularly inspected and teams have carried out any necessary repairs to ensure there has never been any danger posed to the public as a result of the current condition of the road.”