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Pensioners in plea for action over traffic

Thursday, 4th April 2002.

Two pensioners from Haverhill are calling for action over speeding traffic near their homes.

George and Catherine Ingram, of Mallow Walk, say traffic speeds along Chimswell Way and the problem has got worse since the link road was opened up through to the Starwberry Fields estate.

Mrs Ingram, 64, said she and her husband had lived in Haverhill for more than 20 years, but the traffic had got much worse since large housing developments went up all around them.

Mr Ingram as raised the issue with Haverhill Town Council.

The couple say one section is particularly angerous, as there is about 200 yards with no footpath and people have to walk in the road.

Last year, Mrs Ingram said she was walking her dog there when he was knocked down and had his leg broken. Mrs Ingram said they had raised the issue with the borough council before, but were told no funds were available.

She said: “It used to be a cul de sac so they didn’t think we needed a footpath. Now it is congested and dangerous and very hard to cross, the cars fly by.

“It is very frightening for mums with children and for elderly people. If a child rushed out there could easily be an accident and it could be a fatal one. They say there isn’t any money, but they waste money on other things we don’t really need.”

A spokesman for St Edmundsbury Borough Council said it would look at this particular road to see what could be done to reduce vehicle speeds and if a footpath could be provided in this financial year.

He said: “Speed is a problem everywhere. The simple fact is that people drive too fast. The transportation section now get more complaints about speed than anything else. What we need is for everyone to be willing to slow down.”

Haverhill Weekly News

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