Crunch time for lane views

Local residents are unhappy about the proposed closure of Carver Lane in Attleborugh and a new throu

Local residents are unhappy about the proposed closure of Carver Lane in Attleborugh and a new through road being installed.l-r: Bob Chown with Ivy, Tony Crouch, Elieen Crouch and Ray Jones. - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2016

It is being dubbed the Battle of Carver's Lane.

On the one side are residents who live along an historic Attleborough road.

On the other are developers who want to remove it from the map.

Carver's Lane is facing closure so that Norfolk Homes can build 91 homes in fields between the current path of the road and the A11.

Norfolk County Council has posted signs along the lane saying objections must be made by April 22. Carver's Road resident Tony Crouch called on Attleborough residents to make a last-ditch effort to save the road by voicing their objections to the council as loudly as possible.

Mr Crouch said the road closure would lead to increased congestion in the town, limit the services available to residents and even put lives at risk.

He said emergency vehicles used the road daily to access The Laurels Care Home at the end of the road. 'Closing the road would increase call-out times, and time saves lives.'

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He said the closure would mean homes could mean no longer be accessible to the septic tank service, bin men and heating oil deliveries.

Bob Chown, who lives in nearby Chapel Road, said: 'This will be detrimental to the town and no-one wants it. It's terrible that they have just gone along with some developer's ideas.'

Under the plans, part of the lane will be restricted to pedestrian and bicycle access and new access routes for vehicles will be created.

A Norfolk County Council spokesperson said the road closure had been the subject of 'significant consultation' by Breckland Council, and there would still be access to properties for emergency, refuse and delivery vehicles.

Norfolk Homes development manager James Nicholls said in response: 'We wish to reiterate that it is only a partial closure of Carver's Lane to vehicles on sections of the road that doesn't have existing dwellings served off it. Access for the existing houses and residents along Carver's Lane including The Laurels Care Home is maintained.'

Mr Crouch said people could e-mail trafficorders@norfolk.gov.uk objecting to the plans.

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