Village set for era of change

Pictures from around Elveden.    Centre Parcs.
Pictures from around Elveden. Centre Parcs.

If there was a prize for having the most well-known Suffolk landmarks per capita, Elveden would surely win hands down every year.

Center Parcs, the Elveden Estate, the War Memorial and the dreaded A11 traffic lights all share a level of fame - or infamy - seemingly above the station of a village of just 300 people.

Pictures from around Elveden.    The Estate Shop and restaurant.

Pictures from around Elveden. The Estate Shop and restaurant.

The A11’s presence alone makes Elveden one of the better visited villages in the county.

But with dualling work on the road well under way, the constant flow of traffic that courses through the village will slow to a trickle come the end of 2014.

Ian Robertson, chairman of Elveden Parish Council, admits that the village could look very different in the future.

“A lot could change here in the next two years, let alone ten.

Pictures from around Elveden.    St Andrew and St Patrick church.

Pictures from around Elveden. St Andrew and St Patrick church.

“As a resident, it will be a lot more peaceful. We’ll be able to enjoy the garden, open a window in the summer time and the noise and the smell from passing cars will hopefully disappear,” he said.

The village’s well-established businesses should be able to see off the effects of diminishing passing trade, according to Cllr Robertson.

“So many people know The Elveden Estate shop and Center Parcs that they will be fine.

“The village shop could be the one to struggle and whether it will survive or not is debatable,” he said.

With work on the A11 beginning in January, the Highways Agency has been in regular contact with the parish council, giving them constant updates on expected disruptions.

The close contact has helped cut down on traffic headaches in a village which has had its fair share of gridlock over the years.

Once the work is complete, the village could see sights such as the unique Church of St Andrew and St Patrick benefit from a slower pace of life.

Elveden Primary School - which became an academy in January - will be hoping to continue its strong performance as it benefits from easier access following the completion of the dualling.