A councillor is campaigning for an area of green on a major road system to ‘remain intact’ as part of changes to deal with extra traffic from an influx of new housing.
County and Borough Cllr David Nettleton says he does not want to see any loss of greenery from the Tollgate Gyratory - opposite the Tollgate Pub - which has been earmarked for a road improvement scheme as part of Countryside Properties’ development of upto 1,070 homes to the North West of Bury.
Council bosses have been considering a number of options for the Tollgate network with Countryside proposing an extra lane on the gyratory so that traffic turning left into Tollgate Lane travelling from Bury can move at the same time as traffic travelling south from Mildenhall Road - in turn allowing for the removal of the existing give way for southbound traffic. A spokesman said the improvements ‘retain the principals of the existing gyratory arrangement with the green in the centre’.
Meanwhile, St Edmundsbury Borough Council would remove the gyratory system and traffic turning right from Tollgate Lane towards Bury would turn down Fornham Road, which would become a two way road beside the green. At the moment traffic from this direction has to go around the green.
The extra lane needed in Fornham Road in both schemes would require a strip of land from the green.
However, Cllr Nettleton doesn’t want to see any of the green taken away. The land contains trees, shrubbery and a Bury in Bloom River of Flowers scheme and he thinks there should be more planting. He said: “Tollgate Green should remain intact and attempts to turn this area into a mini-spaghetti junction must be resisted, More greenery, less tarmac. The motto: Suffolk, the Greenest County, should be made a reality at Tollgate Green.”
A council spokeswoman said they are a couple of years away from dealing with the matter in detail. She said both schemes involve a ‘small amount of road widening’ but there is ‘no threat to Tollgate Green’ and ‘neither would affect the River of Flowers design’. She added that with the council scheme ‘some existing road space would be given back to the green area’.