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Overlooked village needs action on unsafe roads, council claims

PUBLISHED: 11:30 20 January 2015

Mildenhall

Mildenhall

Years of being “overlooked” has left Mildenhall with unsafe roads for both pedestrians and drivers, the parish council has claimed.

An extensive report looking into highways issues in the town identified several key failings, from lack of crossings to speeding hot spots.

Richard Greenfield is chairman of its Highways Strategy Group. He said: “For a long time we have been the poor cousin in the area.

“If you drive towards Bury, every village has better provision than us and it is the same if you go towards Framsden way.

“We have, for one reason or another, been overlooked.

“We formed the highways group in late autumn last year. We commissioned a survey of the town and identified several areas for improvement.

“There are three places where crossing should be installed, several speeding hot spots that need better signage and changes made, and the lack of road markings is a real safety issue.

“In particular, Police Station Square, where the lack of crossings and poor road markings come together, is in particular need of work.

“We are prepared as a parish council to put money forward, but we do not have control over these issues.

“After we have held our public meeting next month, we will put forward our findings to Suffolk County Council highways.”

Mr Greenfield said the issue of Americans from the nearby US Air Force bases compounded the issue.

“We have drivers who are not familiar, the lack of signs and markings is only going to make it harder from them to drive safely,” he said.

The public meeting will be held on February 12, at the Jubilee Centre in Mildenhall, and will start at 7pm.

A Suffolk County Council spokesman said: “The same policies and priorities for the maintenance and improvement of highways apply in Mildenhall as anywhere else in Suffolk.

“We welcome any representation they wish to make in due course.”

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