Letters have flooded into The Journal’s inbox this week as Bungay residents give their opinion on the one-way system.

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The permanent plans are set to go on display later this month, but while town mayor Terry Reeve said the trial has gone “very well”, opposition campaigner Bob Prior said it had been a “disaster”.

Of those who took the time to write to The Journal it seems opinion continues to be split, although letters and comments were marginally more in favour of the system than against.

Among those to speak in favour were James Fitzgerald, of St Marys Street, Bungay, who said traffic flows more smoothly and safely, Christopher Sadler, of South Elmham St Margaret, who said flow has been vastly improved, David Lewis, of Beccles Road, Bungay, who said it has been an improvement, Chris Mann, of Woodland Drive, Bungay, who said it was excellent and should be extended.

Those speaking out against it included Leslie and Brinton, of Wissett, who agreed it was a “disaster”, Mr and Mrs Brown who said it has moved congestion to Lower Olland Street, Debra Guterres, of The Street, St James South Elmham, said money should be going into a bypass, and Tara Hallinan who said people are driving faster through the town.

A debate on The Journal’s website saw more people speaking in favour of the system than against it.

Gaz said: “I am hoping that the one way system will become permanent. Since its introduction the long queues of traffic in St Mary’s Street have long since gone.”

Didy Ward said: “Not only is the traffic flowing more smoothly, it is safer for the children walking from the Wharton Street area into town.”

However, there were comments from those against the scheme, with Father Brian saying one-way systems are a “1970s hangover”.

Lorraine Reade said: “I work for a coach company, and frequently pick very young children up from St Edmunds School, one of my main concerns is that we have great difficulty in picking the children up, and they have to cross both St Mary’s Street, and Priory Lane for us to collect them, and drop them off, if both the crossings are removed how on earth are the children going to cross the road safely.”

The trial has been running since September.

The exhibition of the final proposed design will be held at the Fisher Theatre, in Bungay. It will be held Wednesday, February 20 and Thursday, February 21 from 11am to 7pm, Friday, February 22 11am to 3pm, and Saturday, February 23 10am to 2pm.

18 comments

  • If the S.C.C plans go ahead, St.Mary's Street will become what is known in road planning circles as a 'shared space'. The reality of this means that we will be 'sharing' our High Street with 200-300 HGVs a day and 4,5,00 - 5,500 cars, how well this will work is anyone's guess. Bungay deserves a proper bypass.

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    Shirley Russell

    Friday, February 8, 2013

  • Trinity Street has heavy traffic almost all the time. You might expect it at school run times and commuter times, but we have been awake, yet again from 4.00 a.m because of a constant stream of traffic down Trinity Street. At least before, only traffic going to Beccles came this way, but now we can hear most of it turning into Wharton St. Does this side of Bungay have to be sacrificed in the interests of traffic travelling through our town? Doesn't residents right to a decent quality of life come into it? It feels like living in the city centre.

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    Lesley W

    Thursday, February 14, 2013

  • I still think the one way system will work long term for the town, with a few tweaks and more work. I am not sure who is being referred to above but I am not sure about the reasoning behind saying the town is dying and the shops are failing and then criticising someone who feels the town is worth investing in? Surely that shows faith in the town as it is now and as it can be, otherwise a risky and costly thing to do. I say good for anyone who wants to invest in our lovely town.

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    D Franklyn-Bray

    Friday, February 8, 2013

  • My letter appeared in the paper today. Some important points were omitted. The Post Office is one of the businesses in the survey who DO NOT EXPECT TO BE TRADING in 2 years time! The Nat West Bank is another business under threat of closure. No Bank and No postoffice and this is a good thing? People will take their business to other areas. The traffic is less because people are going elsewhere already to do business. This route is an A Road. A LORRY ROUTE through the middle of town! No one seems to be addressing this issue. It's dangerous and short sighted. They can't afford a bypass so this is their sticking plaster for the time being. Meanwhile Bungay is left a lovely looking quiet ghost town with a flowery go cart track, which is an A road, running through the middle. Good Luck.

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    debrakdabra

    Friday, February 8, 2013

  • I agree, the only people this has helped are the ones going through, it is certaintly not good for the shops, all the traffic does now is bypass's bungay town centre most of the traffic doesnt even see the shops, its took away all the passing trade and people who loved to shop in bungay for what it was.

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    Craig Trickett

    Friday, February 8, 2013

  • The effect of the one ways system may have improved the traffic flow in St. Mary's St but this is at the expense of the traffic flow in Trinity St. The traffic can now go through St. Mary's at a faster speed than previously, the illegal parking at least calmed the traffic going through. There is still a bottle neck in Lower Olland St which was the main problem before the one way trial system was implemented. The perceived dangers in St. Mary's St have now become very real dangers in Trinity St. The only advantages seem to be for those who may want to be involved in the cafe culture to be introduced in St. Mary's St. We cannot get away from the fact that this is a main road with up to 200 heavy vehicles using it daily. It just seems very strange that the councils involved refuse to take any notice of anyone who disagrees with their plans this is what I find so worrying. I could carry on more or less indefinitely with reasons why this system should not be implemented but I don't have the time.

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    Sandie

    Friday, February 8, 2013

  • Trinity Street is now solid with traffic and not safe for pedestrians down by Owles Warehouse, especially those with children. Trinity street has been ruined only for the benefit of people travelling "through" Bungay. St Marys is miles better though and safer as well. Traffic in this area does flow better. However, every single day I am stuck in what becomes gridlocked traffic down Lower Olland Street mainly outside Charlish's. Parking has always been a problem in Bungay - if the roads were clear of parked cars traffic would be free to flow. Make the car parks free and enforce yellow lines through the town and maybe we will get somewhere. These car parks struggle to break even each year as they even pay someone over £10k a year to empty the ticket machines! Yes St Marys is better, but traffic still gets stuck up the road so what has this achieved? Do I feel ignored? YES! I am not the only one with a negative opinion, if the rest of us would speak up maybe we could be heard.

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    Jon

    Friday, February 8, 2013

  • I agree Bungay is a dying town, this has been dying a long time before the One Way System by what I think, What I think is the town died when the C0-Op moved out of St Mary's St and went on the outskirts of town and opened the Rainbow Supermarket and also closed the Annis Hill Co-Op and Post Office and held the town to ransom when they hired out their old shop and saying no supermarkets to be opened, a lot of people I know do their shopping out of town like Beccles even before the move of the Co-Op as Beccles has more to offer. Yes the town is better now that the One Way has been installed but you really do need better shops like a C0-Op or Tesco in St Mary's St to get people back into town again

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    Otterman

    Friday, February 8, 2013

  • I am basically in favour of the scheme BUT--there are still many problems to be discussed and resolved. As a promoter of sustainable transport,i.e walking ,cycling, car sharing and better public transport links; I feel that although in my opinion this was the best option of the three on the table, none are going to be able to solve the problem of traffic travelling through a medieval town. I have put off commenting before now as I know as a former Councillor that whatever decision you make you are bound to be unpopular,this does not worry me too much now because I have had time to think it through but am always willing to listen and be persuaded otherwise. When the proposals were viewed by invited business people in the town (of which I was one) there were no more than about twenty that turned up.When I questioned some of them afterwards to why they had not been to the meeting,this is just some of the comments."there is no point in going, it won't change anything", "a waste of time"."I am not spending time coming back to Bungay after working all day" ,and several more but along the same lines.Well these people wasted the time and rate payers money because they did get their say because council officers had to come out again to meet them to discuss the proposals. What I do feel is wrong is what a lot of people said right from the beginning .Let us have a trial with traffic wardens in place every day,fining heavily to see if our streets would be free of parked cars.As for trinity Street and some other streets in the town ,why are the residents allowed free parking? I and others do not have that privilege ,outside of my house I have double yellow lines. I think that it would help the traffic to flow better if there was parking only in front of the church when there was a wedding funeral on,free parking at all car parks and a mandatory twenty mile p.h.limit enforced by a resident traffic warden.(At the present time traffic is faster through the town than ever,who is monitoring it??)Town and District Councillors,when did you last do any speakingpromoting cycling ?do you know that at the present time that it is dangerous to cycle through Bungay?.As an experienced cyclist I know that once I am out into the road my safest option is to stay out and not wave in and out of the bollards etc but children and less experienced do just that because they think that it was they are supposed to do,go and take a look Councilors if you are brave enough!

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    liz

    Sunday, February 10, 2013

  • Please ignore spelling was on a mobile phone

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    Craig Trickett

    Friday, February 8, 2013

  • I am saddened by the misinformation being bandied about regarding the one way system in Bungay. I urge people to wait till they've seen the plans before making their mind up. In my opinion the permanent plan will build on the already improved safety and traffic calming of the temporary scheme and help make St. Mary's Street a much better area to walk, shop, drive, park.... and just be! Exactly what this beautiful old town needs. As for the HGV's - I agree that I would like to see them stopped from coming through the town, but even if they were eventually stopped completely, I would still like to see the One Way System implemented because I see it solving a lot more problems than it creates. In the short term at least the Lorry Watch scheme is being implemented to deal with HGV's ignoring the North-South ban and which has more powers to fine than the Police do and in other areas has proven very effective.

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    bungaysimon

    Friday, February 8, 2013

  • It's not all about St Mary's Street! The Town Council likes to boast that it is working for all of Bungay, but those who are suffering from the huge increase in noisy traffic traffic rushing down their streets are not helped with the one way trial. We look forward to seeing the plans,but I do hope that SCC will listen to what people have to say.

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    Lesley W

    Friday, February 8, 2013

  • umm lorrys will bypass town and cars will bypass town meaning??? cars will park on one side of road delivery lorrys and vans will park on one side of the road leagaly which mean 2 ways of traffic still trying to use one side of the road which means???? yes hold ups!!!!

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    bungay born

    Friday, February 8, 2013

  • Very relieved to see the new One Way system is working so effectively, with much calmer flow of traffic along Upper Olland and St. Mary's Street, as intended. Townspeople are already appreciating the benefit, and, once the scheme is made permanent with attractive new surfacings, wider pavements, signage and planters it will also attract more shoppers and tourists to benefit local shops and businesses.

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    Chris Reeve

    Tuesday, February 12, 2013

  • Can someone from the council answer me these simple questions i have asked them time and time again and never had an answer, 1) why do they think in a recession when we all are having to titghen our belts and cuts are being made to public services like social services etc etc, childrens services, schools are being cut nurses laid off, half the army made redundant that it is clever to spend over 12 million pound on what is obviously not humanimously wanted in the town, in fact most people are against it and very very mad about it 2) why do the council think in the middle of a recession its fun to play with peoples lives, as a shop keeper i have mortgages to pay, peoples wages to pay, i employ 18 people in bungay and pay there wages but no one listens to or answers anything about this, this is the wrong climate to be playing god and guessing with how this is going to effect the the town, if this is a flop will i be compensated when i cant pay wages or i lose everything, they forget that this is not just my shop or my business its my job and loads of other peoples job, we all depend on it and need it the shops are good for the town a lot more good then any one way sytem will ever be, if you dont have shops you dont have a town, 3) how much money has been wasted on this allready ?? 4) why did we not trial the cheaper options first 5) why can we still not trial the cheaper options all the above is becuse the council do not want to lose face but doling so is ruining this once lovely town that people used to flock to untill this lot got there hands on it, no originaly im not from suffolk and i dont care what anyone says about that, i wasnt born here, but growing up where i did can make me see how lucky we was and still are living in such a nice place but bit by bit slowely but surley it is all going down the pan for the last 10 - 15 years this town has lost all that was good about it, and that can only be down to the people running it, some of them yes do want the best for the town, but they are fighting the close knit friends who only have there own selfish views

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    Craig Trickett

    Tuesday, February 12, 2013

  • The effect of the one ways system may have improved the traffic flow in St. Mary's St but this is at the expense of the traffic flow in Trinity St. The traffic can now go through St. Mary's at a faster speed than previously, the illegal parking at least calmed the traffic going through. There is still a bottle neck in Lower Olland St which was the main problem before the one way trial system was implemented. The perceived dangers in St. Mary's St have now become very real dangers in Trinity St. The only advantages seem to be for those who may want to be involved in the cafe culture to be introduced in St. Mary's St. We cannot get away from the fact that this is a main road with up to 200 heavy vehicles using it daily. It just seems very strange that the councils involved refuse to take any notice of anyone who disagrees with their plans this is what I find so worrying. I could carry on more or less indefinitely with reasons why this system should not be implemented but I don't have the time.

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    Sandie

    Friday, February 8, 2013

  • this is what bungay needed never been held up once, walking into town we all feel safe\! town seems busy now free parking has helped \! if shops are not doing well its because of the attitude towards road and what they sell not the road!! most people moaning in bbj do not even live in bungay!!!never ever seen cars queing for miles out of town as one leter sugests !! not been held up once since road has been oneway travel through 2 or 3 times a day!!! most of BUNGAY PEOPLE hope its here to stay!!!

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    bungay born

    Friday, February 8, 2013

  • its only quiter and nicer because no one wants to come into bungay anymore, it once had character, it didnt matter we didnt have big shops or a one way system it had bags and bags of character, now what have we got for people to come to see, the worlds biggest scalextric set.

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    Craig Trickett

    Tuesday, February 12, 2013

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