Wyverstone: Anger in village over Suffolk County Council’s slow response to replacing speed signs

A faded sign in Wyverstone

A faded sign in Wyverstone - Credit: Archant

A village parish council is in “dispute” with highways bosses after their calls to replace faded road signs went unanswered.

Wyverstone Parish Council chairman Andy Mellen says the village is fed up with waiting for the signs which he claims were first requested in November 2012.

But Suffolk County Council’s records first show a call for the signs in March 2013.

Mr Mellen said the difficult to read signs were affecting the Speedwatch team which tries and make drivers slow as they pass through the village near Stowmarket.

He said: “It’s a dispute between us and the county council. We have been waiting for the road signs to be replaced for nearly two years. We cannot get any action on it – we are really fed up about it.

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“The signs into the village indicate the speed and there’s a sign at the junction and they are so faded now they cannot be seen.

“There’s a problem with speeding in the village. We have a pretty active speed group but we feel that they are being undermined because the signs are not being replaced.”

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He said there were two signs in particular, in Badwell Road, which were a problem.

A spokesman for the county council: “We received a report in March 2013 that the crossroads warning signs were faded at the junction of Badwell Ash and Potash Lane in Wyverstone.

“Unfortunately we have been unable to follow this report up with an order for replacement of the sign until now.

“This has now been done and we expect the signs to be installed by the end of October.”

He added that the county council wished to apologise for the delay.

Mr Mellen added: “We understand that it might take a little while to get the signs but it’s now been around 20 months.”

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