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The amount of highways repairs in Bury St Edmunds town centre over the last four years has been revealed.

After resident Peter Fuller highlighted the ‘deteriorating’ highways in the town and the problems disabled people face navigating the roads and pavements, Suffolk News submitted a Freedom of Information request to Suffolk County Council to uncover the amount of complaints and repairs made between 2018 to May 31, 2022.

The figures focusing on St Andrew’s Street, Abbeygate Street, Buttermarket, Cornhill, St John’s Street, Traverse, Angel Hill, Brentgovel Street, Hatter Street and Risbygate Street show a mixed picture for repairs made in recent years compared to 2018.

SuffolkNews submitted a Freedom of Information request to find out how many repairs were made to pavements and roads in Bury St Edmunds town centre
SuffolkNews submitted a Freedom of Information request to find out how many repairs were made to pavements and roads in Bury St Edmunds town centre

Cornhill had the highest number of repairs with 152 to the pavement and 16 to the road in total. To the pavement there were 73 in 2018, 22 in 2019, 29 in 2020, 26 in 2021 and two this year.

It was followed by Abbeygate Street with eight to the road and 83 to the pavement (49 on 2018, 11 in 2019, 11 in 2020, seven last year and five this year).

In Brentgovel Street there were six repairs to the road and 83 to the pavement (43, eight, 18, 11 and three).

Peter Fuller and his wife Christine at a damaged dropped kerb at the coroner of Abbeygate Street/Cornhill. Picture: Mark Westley
Peter Fuller and his wife Christine at a damaged dropped kerb at the coroner of Abbeygate Street/Cornhill. Picture: Mark Westley
Abbeygate Street had 83 pavement repairs and eight to the road. Picture: Mecha Morton
Abbeygate Street had 83 pavement repairs and eight to the road. Picture: Mecha Morton
A poorly maintained pathway in Brentgovel Street which had 83 repairs to the pavement and six to the road. Picture: Mecha Morton
A poorly maintained pathway in Brentgovel Street which had 83 repairs to the pavement and six to the road. Picture: Mecha Morton

St Andrew’s Street South’s road was repaired 12 times and the pavement 66 (28, 11, 18, six, three) and on Angel Hill there were 11 road repairs and 54 to the pavement (41, seven, five, one and none).

In St John’s Street, the road was repaired four times and the pavement 51 (27, three, 16, four and one), while St Andrew’s Street North had four to the road and 46 to the pavement (21, eight, 14, three and none).

The Traverse had 38 pavement repairs (16, nine, eight, four and one), with two to the road in Risbygate Street and 34 to the pavement over the four years.

Hatter Street saw 29 pavement repairs and none to the road, while Buttermarket had 27 to the pavement and 13 to the road.

The number of complaints though have been comparatively low with just one last year over street lighting and two in 2019 for pavements.

Meanwhile, five compensation claims have been made so far this year against Suffolk County Council over injuries due to issues with pavements and roads, eight in 2021, five in 2020, six in 2019 and eight in 2018.

One was successful, which was in 2019 with £12,931 paid out.