December 7 2013 Latest news:
Louisa Lay, Reporter
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Motorists are being urged to watch their speed and behaviour while driving along one of Beccles’s most historic roads.
Northgate provides the main gateway out of the town for cars and buses and also leads to The Quay, a busy tourist centre.
But a community-minded neighbourhood group are becoming increasingly concerned about the impact traffic is having on visitors, residents and businesses in the area, admitting it is causing a “blight” on their lives.
The Northgate Neighbourhood Society (NNS) was set up to seek improvements to the environment and quality of life for those who live, work on, and visit the road and its immediate area.
Andrea Downes, secretary of NNS, said after carrying out a survey, 95pc of residents were in support of a 20mph speed limit after a series of incidents, including car damage, scaffolding knocked and buses shunting into properties.
The Highways Agency, town, district and county councillors and the police have all given advice or attended meetings and the group hopes to get the plans on Suffolk County Council’s priority setting review list.
Many households in the street already display 20mph stickers on doors or windows.
Miss Downes said: “Where Northgate will be on that list we don’t know, so in the meantime people need to know the impact their speed is having.
“Northgate is the major artery to the town and in the summer people are coming up from the boats in groups from The Quay
“It is only when you live, work or visit Northgate on foot that you start to really notice the traffic and when you hear tourists talking about it, which I have, you know it’s problem.
“We aren’t a campaign group, we are just a group of like-minded people who have all got to know each other and look out for each other.
“We just want to try to raise awareness.”
The group is also concerned about the impact of the volume and weight of vehicles on the old Beccles bridge at the bottom of Northgate.
Since NNS was set up, the committee has taken over the neighbourhood watch and tackled issues such as vandalism and street lights.
Events such as a quiz and Christmas party are also planned.