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Resident's still battling over speed humps

Tuesday, 18th February 2003.

THE chairman of a residents' group is calling for urgent action to modify speed cushions at Haverhill before they cause a fatal accident.

Chris Cullum, of Gannet Close, Haverhill, is chairman of the Chalkstone and Millfields Residents Humps Group, which has been campaigning against the speed cushions ever since they were installed last summer to replace conventional speed humps.

Residents say the speed cushions do not work as there is too big a gap in the middle and people just drive around them, causing a problem with speeding traffic on the estate. Mr Cullum accused St Edmundsbury Borough Council of deliberately attempting to exclude residents from consultation and failing to keep them informed of the ongoing situation regarding the humps.

He said it had come to light that the speed cushions were installed using the wrong set of drawings, so that they were the wrong size and in the wrong place.

"In the last few months there have been several accidents and most vehicles just speed through the middle of these humps.

"The council failed to listen to me from the start and got it wrong. If they listen to my group now they will get it right.

"We are very annoyed that we are still not being kept informed of what the borough plans to do about this mess and at the continued delays and cost to the taxpayer, as day after day more vehicles speed through humps in an area where three schools are located," Mr Cullum said.

A spokesman for St Edmundsbury Borough Council said consultation had just started on a scheme suggested by consultants which involved filling in the gaps to convert the cushions into flat-topped humps.

This was expected to take about three weeks and any future work would depend on the response

Haverhill Weekly News

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