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Bury Town councillors launch investigation to alleviate traffic problems in Brentgovel Street, Bury St Edmunds

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A solution is being sought by councillors over a pedestrianised road in Bury St Edmunds which is often used by vehicles as a cut through and place to park, causing danger to residents.

Problem traffic and parking near McDonald’s in Brentgovel Street has been an ongoing issue for residents, and at a Bury Town Council meeting on March 24, councillors Joanna Rayner and Cliff Waterman proposed an investigation be carried out to look at traffic calming measures to alleviate the situation.

The proposals could see planters used as a physical barrier to stop traffic passing through.

The pedestrianised area in Brentgovel Street, Bury St Edmunds. Picture: Google.
The pedestrianised area in Brentgovel Street, Bury St Edmunds. Picture: Google.

Cllr Rayner said: “It’s been a topic on residents’ agenda for some years and we have never been quite able to bring it to fruition, so it will be nice if we can.”

The town council voted in favour of the investigation and a maximum of £2,000 was allocated to put the measures in place.

In the same evening, a grant worth £6,500 was gifted to the Theatre Royal for them to carry out a community production involving school children from the area.

Cllr Joanna Rayner.
Cllr Joanna Rayner.

Organisers of the production of Louis Sachar’s Holes hope it will nurture young talent in the area by exposing them to established directors, designers, technicians and stage managers.

Cllr Donna Higgins, who spent nearly four decades as a teacher, said she had seen the ‘fantastic experience’ had by students who had been part of previous productions.

The Abbey 1000 group was also awarded £20,000 to further fund events planned for 2022 commemorating 1,000 years since the founding of the abbey of St Edmund.

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