Fears cars could be trapped in driveways due to roadworks

Gerald Moss says roadworks starting on Monday could lead to their car being trapped in their driveway.
Gerald Moss says roadworks starting on Monday could lead to their car being trapped in their driveway.
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A Bury St Edmunds resident fears planned roadworks will leave his car trapped in the driveway of his home.

Gerald Moss, 72, says the resurfacing from Monday could heighten an already problematic steep crown in Norman Road, which makes it difficult for him to pull out of his drive.

The ongoing issue sees the front fittings of his car scrape along the pavement. He also has a problem with rain water flowing down the drive and into his garage as a result of the incline.

Mr Moss, a former motor engineer and engineering lecturer at West Suffolk College, is now calling on Suffolk County Council to reduce the height of the crown in the road to make it easier for him to get out.

He said: “The road dressing will make the crown even higher and make it easier for the water to get down. There’s a possibility some of us could be stranded in our properties unless you lay a plank on the road against the curb so the front wheels lift up.”

He has been in touch with county and borough councillor David Nettleton, who has voiced his concerns to the authority.

Cllr Nettleton estimates the issue could affect between 10 to 20 homes and argued the council should ‘abandon’ the resurfacing and ‘skim something off the surface in the middle of the road’.

A council spokeswoman said the road was assessed by engineers and they are ‘confident the planned improvement works will not affect road users accessing their drives’.

She added: “The road is currently in a poor state of repair and needs to be resurfaced whilst we are experiencing the warm weather.”