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Kentford resident calls for road changes after house damaged in accident

A Kentford resident is calling for traffic calming measures after a house was damaged in an accident on Saturday.

The scene following an incident in Bury Road, Kentford (2977744)
The scene following an incident in Bury Road, Kentford (2977744)

Police, fire and ambulance services were called to Bury Road at about 11.40am, to reports of a collision involving a Volkswagen Crafter van and Toyota Yaris car.

A nearby house was hit by one of the vehicles during the incident, damaging its front bay window.

A neighbour said she had been worried about ‘this sort of thing happening’,particularly with lorries using the road.

“For these reasons we have contacted highways previously about our concerns that this may happen, but to no avail,” she said.

“Imagine if this had been a heavy lorry going into the house. Multiple people have told the council that this stretch of road is dangerous – there is a slope meaning vehicles gather speed through the village, there is a manhole cover that sticks up causing lorries to crash over it making a huge noise and there is a deceptively blind bend at the bottom of the slope. The reply has always been that no measures are needed.

“Really big road improvements are needed to provide alternative routes, especially with plans in place to more than double the size of Kennett.”

A Suffolk County Council spokeswoman said traffic calming measures were introduced in Bury Road about 10 years ago

“The location is inspected on a monthly basis and traffic surveys that may indicate speeding issues have been requested.

“We will continue to monitor the location and prioritise any defects that may impact on the safety of road users,” she added.

A Suffolk Police spokeswoman said a surveyor was required to assess the house, while the occupants of the car involved were cared for at the scene by East of England Ambulance Service.

Four Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service vehicles also attended the incident.

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