Council cabinet criticised for lack of transport plan

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A councillor has criticised borough cabinet members for failing to get a transport strategy in place as blueprints for Bury St Edmunds’ future growth were given the go-ahead.

At a full St Edmundsbury Borough Council meeting on Tuesday, Vision 2031 plans, which will see nearly 6,000 homes build in and around the town over the next two decades, were rubber-stamped.

But concerns were raised that a strategy for transport was needed to stop congestion becoming a bigger problem in growing parts of the town.

Cllr Julia Wakelam said: “Although we now have a competent vision, we have no competent travel and transport plan and I wish to record my disappointment that Suffolk County Council has been a complete let down to the people of Bury St Edmunds.”

Following the meeting, Cllr David Nettleton said borough cabinet members who were also county councillors had failed the town in not putting enough pressure in getting a transport plan put in place.

He said: “There are three of the borough council cabinet on the county council.

“When they stand up and say ‘we are trying to get this done’, they are the people stopping it.

“These are crocodile tears.

“They just don’t take it seriously – they have no plans to do anything because they don’t have the urgency.

“They feel it will be sorted by the planning strategy for each development.”

During the meeting, Cllr Terry Clements, planning and regulation portfolio holder, said the planning inspector had found the plans to be sound.

“I think we should be very proud of what we have collectively prepared,” he said.