Proposals for Mildenhall’s ‘neglected’ and ‘chaotic’ roads

Mildenhall traffic survey. Pictured: Dr Richard Greenfield and Ruth Bowman, chair and vice chair of the Highways Strategy Group. ANL-151002-150511001
Mildenhall traffic survey. Pictured: Dr Richard Greenfield and Ruth Bowman, chair and vice chair of the Highways Strategy Group. ANL-151002-150511001
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A Mildenhall councillor has said the town’s traffic problems have been ‘neglected for far too long’ as an action group finalises improvement plans to present to the county council.

Members of the town’s Highways Strategy Group uncovered a number of problems on the parish’s roads, including unsafe crossings and poor road markings, last November.

They elicited views from residents at a public meeting earlier this month, and will present their findings and recommendations to county councillors and highways experts in March.

The group’s chair, Dr Richard Greenfield, said: “We’re determined to get somewhere, as it has been neglected for far too long.

“It’s unfortunate someone has to be a martyr before anything gets done.

“Generally people are supportive of our proposals. We had a private meeting to clarify the situation prior to meeting with county councillors.

“We want to say we have done the research and consulted with the public, and this is what we want.”

Areas targeted in the improvement plan include Kingsway, College Heath Road, and West Row Road.

The plan calls for new pedestrian crossings, including in Kingsway and Mill Street, and more speed checks.

Also proposed are improved road markings and signage, which Dr Greenfield believes will help to deter speeding motorists.

“These are things which are commonplace in neighbouring villages, but which we do not have,” he said.

Police Station Square is also earmarked for safety improvements to benefit motorists and pedestrians.

The strategy group’s report, published in December, says that ‘to take no action’ in the square is ‘unacceptable’.

Dr Greenfield said: “The square is chaotic to say the least. It is a problem with the amount of traffic which uses the road and the number of pedestrians trying to cross without controlled crossings.

“It’s remarkable there have been no serious accidents.”

Leader of Forest Heath District Council, James Waters, said he is ‘100 per cent’ behind the proposals.

“Now they have a strategy detailing what is important, I can tackle the right people to push it through,” he said.

“It can be a hit-and-miss process, but I’m sure we can get something done.”