Good news: our superlative SCC East Area Highways team have done wonders and my – and Woodbridge’s – pet highways schemes have materialised literally in the nick of time – hours before all locality work (ie. highways work funded by the County Councillor’s Quality of Life budget) has to stop for the election period.
These are schemes that I have been pressing for for two years and had authorised the funding – but which sadly fell victim to the SCC Highways ‘reorganisations‘ and ‘rationalisations‘ . For this, read: shedding large numbers of staff and expecting all existing work to be managed by the ones remaining – deeply overworked and wearing three or four hats.
These staff could have been forgiven if they had not managed to cope – but no, far from it, they have worked their socks off – and as of today I hear that Woodbridge has:
- new signs to prevent HGVs trying to get to the town centre via Angel Lane. The road is a medieval width and 21st century lorries are getting bigger and bigger. Increasingly these have been ignoring the existing signs and believing their SatNavs and doing horribly regular damage to the Angel pub and the hairdressers opposite it as they tried to turn out of Angel Lane. A few weeks ago we put up new temporary signs and now the permanent ones are up: an HGV with a great big red line through.
- signage slowing traffic on Cemetery Lane – a simple scheme with 2 warning signs and 2 SLOW roadmarkings so that pedestrians can walk safely. The lines couldn’t be done in time but will be painted in May;
- calming Sandy Lane. This was a simple signs-and-lines job with pedestrian and cyclist warning signs at each end and at the railway bridge, and white edge markings throughout for pedestrians to walk behind. These would also give warning of the road edge at night which will be very useful, particularly to cyclists. Again, I believe the signs are now in place but the lines will have to wait till May
- cycle racks in the Market Square and more cycle racks in the Thoroughfare– We needed more than three at Cafe Nero as they get very congested on market days and sunny days etc. But they were unbelievably expensive to match. I suggested removing these up to the Shire Hall, where they are decorative enough to add to the ambience, , and buying five new ones to instal by Cafe Nero. I passed these yesterday and had to look twice: they looked like they’d been there forever!
- We still need to to sort out the signage at Cross Corner – but this needs a change to the law and so it cannot be done until after the election. It will happen then, though!
- All these have been funded by me as your County Councillor, responding to local demand, and courtesy of the recently instigated County Councillors’ Quality of Life budget – which was created for this very purpose . In the past I have also used thid budget to fund the flashing signs at Ipswich and Pyches Roads and the refuge island on Ipswich Road amongst other things..