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Cheaper solution found to traffic danger

Friday, 18th June 2010.

A 10,000 scheme to install two speed humps in Queensway in Haverhill is set to be abandoned in favour of a metal fence.

Residents had asked at a public meeting that Haverhill Town Council do something about the danger of children running down the slope of the playing field nearby into Queensway and oncoming traffic.

The council agreed to set aside 10,000 for a speed hump at either end of the playing field, but after an on-site meeting with a representative of Suffolk County Council highways department the are being recommended to abandon the idea.

The county council had not edentified any speeding issues in Queensway and the officer suggested a continuous metal fence along the back of the footpath running beside the playing field would be an equally effective solution and a lot cheaper.

The town council is now consulting with St Edmundsbury Borough Council about installing the fence.

A report to Tuesday's meeting of the town council's community first committee recommends part of the money saved be used towards erecting a bench around a tree on the playing field, in memory of Andrew Armstrong, ateenager who lived nearby and who died after a motorbike accident on fields near Haverhill bypass.

His mother Paula has already raised part of the money required and St Edmundsbury has funded the seat base.

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