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Parish councillor says traffic problems in Fornham All Saints are 'turning the village into an A14 slip road'




A parish councillor who feels traffic problems near Bury St Edmunds is splitting his village in two has filmed the issue this week in an attempt to push authorities to implement better safety measures.

Cllr Don Lynch, with the help of former parish councillor Bernard Grimshaw, set up commissioned filming on Monday to show not just the volume but also the speed of traffic in Fornham All Saints.

Cllr Lynch said: “We are the pathway to the holy grail which is the A14 and have become sort of a slip road to it. We wanted to show Suffolk Highways real-time and tangible footage to complement the clinical data we have collected from our vehicle-activated signs (VAS), to help give this village a fighting chance.”

Fornham All Saints- Residents video village traffic problem
Parish councillors and residents have produced a video to show Suffolk Highways the issue they are having due to increased traffic going through the village, in the hope the authority can help them deal with the problem.
Parish councillor Don Lynch Picture by Mark Westley (42741542)
Fornham All Saints- Residents video village traffic problem Parish councillors and residents have produced a video to show Suffolk Highways the issue they are having due to increased traffic going through the village, in the hope the authority can help them deal with the problem. Parish councillor Don Lynch Picture by Mark Westley (42741542)

The councillor said the VAS data showed around 80 per cent of drivers coming through the village did not abide to the 30mph speed limit and that traffic had increased by 24 per cent in recent years.

“This road devoids the village in every way, physically and emotionally, because the people on one side can not get to the other, due to no safe crossing, so they just politely wave to each other but can never really cross to meet,” said Cllr Lynch.

“We have lost our identity as a village and want to reclaim that back by pleading with Suffolk Highways to assist us.

“I do not think it is a huge ask – please give us a safe crossing, please give us a pinch point in the road or a speed traffic camera, something, anything, to make this road safer.”

The parish council is also setting up a referendum next year to discuss what should be done about Tut Hill road in the village.

Cllr Lynch said around 80 per cent of traffic and a large amount of HGVs used the road and the parish council had an agreement with the developers of the housing at Marham Park, which built the dog-leg junction, that they could do four things to it, if needed.

He explained: “We can close the whole road, have it one-way, have it two ways but with traffic regulated and no HGVs, and lastly, do nothing.

“There has been some straw polls of these options in the past but this seems to be a real one to change things.”

A spokesman for Suffolk Highways said it was aware of the HGV issue through the village, even though there was a 7.5T environmental weight restriction in place.

Also that it would welcome information from residents on the traffic issues as well as being happy to watch the video once it was ready.

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