Residents close to victory in road safety campaign

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A GROUP of residents which has been calling for road safety measures in part of Bury St Edmunds looks like it could be celebrating victory in the New Year.

The Horsecroft Road Safety Group has been campaigning for improvements since 2009, after fears that pedestrians, many of them schoolchildren, could be hit by a vehicle on a stretch of road without a footpath. They say that because the road has high grass verges on one side and parked cars on another, children, parents and pensioners have no escape if a car comes down the road too fast.

Now, St Edmundsbury Borough Council is looking to address the issue by introducing a 20mph zone and road humps, between Long Acre Gardens and Horringer Road. Consultation over the move will be carried out in the New Year.

Cllr Craig Dearden-Phillip,s who represents the area on Suffolk County Council, helped residents in their campaign and will make £4,000-£5,000 of his locality budget available towards the project, if required.

“For people living there, especially those with young families, it is not safe,” he said. “I am delighted for the residents – all credit goes to them really. They have driven this forward – it has been a really amazing effort.

“They have been working with the council to find a sustainable, affordable and practical way of balancing the needs of everybody that uses that road.”