Neglect of paths and roads in Bury St Edmunds is ‘frustrating’

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Residents claim Bury St Edmunds is starting to look ‘shabby’ because of poorly maintained and neglected roads and paths.

Potholes, dangerous and crumbling footpaths, blocked drains and debris are just some of people’s complaints.

Ed Smith is one of many to become “frustrated” by the county council’s failure to address basic highways maintenance issues – some years after first being reported.

For fours years, he has complained about blocked drains in Westley and Oliver Roads, and about footpaths in Maltward Avenue where he says some tree root protrusions are now causing trip mounds of four to five inches in height.

“These continuing and unresolved issues after such extensive periods of time are simply no longer acceptable,” he said.

County councillor Mark Ereira-Guyer took to Twitter on Friday to air his frustration over cracks and holes in Rosbrook Close, which he had reported two years earlier.

One pothole has since been filled, but Mr Ereira-Guyer has questioned the cost-effectiveness of piecemeal repairs.

He says there are ‘still lots of instances of [the] council not getting its act together’ and he is fed up with “defending a poorly performing local authority” and taking the flak for its failure to deliver.

On Facebook, Vicky Howard said: “More than half of [the] roads in Bury need tlc” while Kenny Jones said Ashwell road was “in poor condition” and Sue A Le-Sage, Lisa Campbell and Susan Charles agreed St Olave’s Road was “in a terrible state”.

Janet Campbell said: “St Olave’s Road from the junction with Northumberland Avenue down to St Olave’s shops, I cycle there every day and have had a few near misses with potholes. Why is it that one hole will be filled when the whole road needs it?”

Helen Coe said: “A14 slip road eastbound coming off at Sainsburys, both sides are full of potholes.”

Dez Thompson criticised the resurfacing work in King’s Road where parking “is a complete nightmare” because, two weeks later, the double yellow lines and parking bays had still not been repainted.

Mr Smith also criticised the “filth, debris, lorry tyres, polythene bags” that “line the way into and out of our town”.

He added: “Shame upon everyone responsible for maintaining our proud town and allowing it to deteriorate into a dangerous and shabby town to be avoided.”

A spokeswoman for Suffolk County Council said: “The highways team always endeavours to resolve issues raised regarding the state of Suffolk’s roads and footpaths as soon as possible, especially if there are genuine safety concerns.

“Many of the particular issues raised by Bury St Edmunds residents are included in our current programme of works for that area, which is prioritised by the severity of the fault.”