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Hepworth speed bump plan raises concern with warnings they would cause extra traffic noise




Concerns have been raised about plans to place speed bumps through a main village road.

Simon Cook says a number of residents living in Hepworth, Suffolk, are increasingly worried about the idea which, they say, could lead to noise pollution.

Hepworth has a one mile stretch of road running through it and is home to around 300 residents.

Residents Ian Ruston and Simon Cook are worried about speed bumps. Picture by Mark Westley
Residents Ian Ruston and Simon Cook are worried about speed bumps. Picture by Mark Westley

“Certain people have moved here recently who have been pushing for speed bumps without thinking of the impact they will have,” said Mr Cook.

“Speed bumps will generate noise from the tractors, trailers, lorries and cars stopping and starting though the night, and zooming off.

“We only recently learned about the plans and that they would be announced soon. We haven’t even been asked if we want them.

Suffolk County Councillor Joanna Spicer says plans for traffic calming are far from a 'done deal'
Suffolk County Councillor Joanna Spicer says plans for traffic calming are far from a 'done deal'

“Then there is the cost in terms of public money. Some people have said they will leave the village if they go ahead."

Suffolk County Councillor Joanna Spicer, who represents the village, confirmed plans for speed bumps were being discussed at parish and county level. Proposals also include new gateways at either end of of the village.

But she said any speed bumps would not be old style ‘sleeping policemen’, and that discussions were under way after ‘years of resident concern’ about speeding and a county council survey last summer which showed ‘excessive speeding’ through the village.

“Speeding traffic has been a problem through the village for more than 30 years and is regularly brought up by residents.The plans are far from a ‘done deal’.”

A spokesperson for Suffolk County Council said: “Our teams have been working on preliminary designs for a traffic calming scheme, following concerns of speeding vehicles through Hepworth.

“Discussions have been ongoing with Cllr Spicer and the parish council. Once the designs and costs have been agreed, a consultation will be required with key stakeholders, including residents.”

Hepworth Parish Council were not available for comment.

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