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Roads on Haverhill's Chalkstone estate blasted as 'appalling' as visitor calls for urgent repairs




A regular visitor to a Haverhill housing estate has described the condition of its roads as ‘appalling’ and called on Suffolk Highways to carry out some much-needed repairs.

Jan Lupton has regularly driven on to the Chalkstone estate to see a friend over the past six years, and the ragged state of many of the roads has rankled with her.

Although Elmdon Place, where her friend lives, is in a terrible state of disrepair, Jan said it was not the only road that needed resurfacing.

Jan Lupton is not happy with the dire state of the road surface in Elmdon Place and many other streets on the Chalkstone estate. Picture by Mark Westley
Jan Lupton is not happy with the dire state of the road surface in Elmdon Place and many other streets on the Chalkstone estate. Picture by Mark Westley

She said: “If you look at the holes in the road they have just got bigger and bigger.

“If you lived there you would feel so disheartened because people do try and keep their houses looking nice.

“I did contact someone at Suffolk Highways about it years ago and they actually filled in the hole but all that filling has just come out again because they’ve done it so cheaply and I’m disgusted about it. It is all over that estate. It’s not just Elmdon Place.”

Jan Lupton is not happy with the condition of Elmdon Place and many other streets in Haverhill. Picture by Mark Westley
Jan Lupton is not happy with the condition of Elmdon Place and many other streets in Haverhill. Picture by Mark Westley

Suffolk News has, in the last two years, highlighted the similarly poor condition of Alde Road and Deben Road on the estate, the latter of which has since been resurfaced.

Jan, who lives in West Wickham, added: “It was built in the 1960s, that estate, and there wasn’t really enough parking for today’s amount of cars (meaning lots of cars are now parked on the streets) but to leave the road in that state – it’s appalling.

“You would not want to live on a road like that."

Suffolk Highways previously said it would only prioritise road repairs where the holes were deeper than those in Elmdon Place, to which Jan said: “I would just say that I can’t see them leaving the A1307 in that state.

“Just get it done once and get it done well so that it will last another 20 to 30 years.”

A statement from Suffolk Highways said: “The road surface along Chalkstone Way is an asphalt overlay on an older concrete road that is between 25-30mm thick.

“This means that most defects reported here are surface damage, and less than our 40mm minimum intervention level.

“Alde Road is being considered for future surface treatment works.

“We have not received any reports of the road condition along Elmdon Place; however, both Elmdon Place and Alde Road are due a safety inspection on 5 September 2021.

“If any defects are found that meet our Highway Maintenance Operational Plan interventional, these will be ordered for repair.”

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