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Trinity Avenue in Mildenhall criticised over state of pothole-filled road





A councillor has condemned the state of a town’s pothole-filled road near a school.

West Suffolk Cllr Richard Alecock, who represents the Great Heath ward in Mildenhall, has said Trinity Avenue is in desperate need of complete resurfacing.

Part of the route was resurfaced a few years ago up to the Breckland Way junction, including outside of St Mary’s Church of England Academy.

West Suffolk councillor Richard Alecock at Trinity Avenue in Mildenhall. Picture: Cameron Reid
West Suffolk councillor Richard Alecock at Trinity Avenue in Mildenhall. Picture: Cameron Reid

Cllr Alecock said it was time for the other end of the road heading towards Scott Avenue to be properly repaired after a previous patch up was not effective.

He said: “Trinity Avenue in Mildenhall is more than a road - it's a daily obstacle course of danger and frustration for residents in close proximity to a junior school.

“The craters here feel like scars of neglect that reflect an ongoing struggle for basic road safety.

Part of Trinity Avenue was previously resurfaced a few years ago. Picture: Cameron Reid
Part of Trinity Avenue was previously resurfaced a few years ago. Picture: Cameron Reid

“It is now in desperate need of a complete resurfacing and not just more patching up.

“Each passing day without action feels like a betrayal to the residents who deserve better than broken promises and hazardous roads.

“People in the area have branded the route ‘Pothole Avenue’. This is not just a nickname. It’s a poignant reminder of the continuous disappointment felt by the community.”

“The craters here feel like scars of neglect that reflect an ongoing struggle for basic road safety." Picture: Cameron Reid
“The craters here feel like scars of neglect that reflect an ongoing struggle for basic road safety." Picture: Cameron Reid

Residents in Mildenhall have also taken to social media to voice their frustration.

One person said: “We are constantly risking our cars over the ridiculous number of potholes along one small stretch of road, or trying to dodge them.

“It's been like that for years and they only ever patch up the odd one or two and it's ridiculous.”

According to Cllr Alecock, Trinity Avenue needs a complete resurfacing. Picture: Cameron Reid
According to Cllr Alecock, Trinity Avenue needs a complete resurfacing. Picture: Cameron Reid

Another comment said: “Something needs to be done. The roads are not fit to drive on and yet we have to ensure our vehicles are road worthy.”

A petition denouncing the state of roads in Suffolk recently reached more than 1,000 signatures.

The petition, which is aimed at Suffolk County Council and the Government’s Department for Transport, is calling for comprehensive repairs on existing roadways as well as the implementation of suitable drainage systems.

A spokesperson for Suffolk County Council said: “Trinity Avenue in Mildenhall is planned for road resurfacing this year.

“We will make contact with the community once the work has been scheduled.

“The area has been assessed and any defects that meet our criteria have been ordered for repair.”