Residents call for action over speeding concerns in Halesworth

Residents are campaigning for a 20mph speed limit along Chediston Street in Halesworth. Picture: Nic

Residents are campaigning for a 20mph speed limit along Chediston Street in Halesworth. Picture: Nick Butcher. - Credit: Nick Butcher

Residents have reignited concerns over speeding on a narrow Halesworth road.

Chediston Street, Halesworth. Picture: Nick Butcher.

Chediston Street, Halesworth. Picture: Nick Butcher. - Credit: Nick Butcher

A petition was launched last February in a bid to get the speed limit in Chediston Street reduced from 30mph to 20mph.

Ann Constanti said the petition picked up 135 signatures but has heard nothing from Halesworth Town Council since showing it to them.

However the clerk at Halesworth Town Council said it is not an issue they are ignoring.

Ms Constanti, who lives on the road, said: 'We received a large amount of signatures and only one person turned it down on the grounds that they felt nothing would be done.


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'It's still a concern it is very narrow, there are no pavements in places and a lot of cars have been damaged by vehicles going through.

'There have also been a couple of people who have had their upstairs windows damaged by tall vehicles.

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'Something needs to be done and I just hope it's not as a reaction to a serious accident.'

Another local resident Kingsley Ellis said: 'It's past my house everyone speeds up especially in the evening and you get some cars up to 40mph to 50mph.

'In my opinion it should be a cul-de-sac, as there is access from both sides to get onto the road and it avoids the problems.'

Residents also expressed concerns over plans for 150 homes near to the site.

They said the road could become an even bigger 'rat run' with the added potential of more cars going down the road.

Nick Rees, the clerk at Halesworth Town Council, said: 'We couldn't have done anything more about it at the time, we sent a report to Highways Agency but nothing came from that.

'But we are setting up a committee which will be looking at all roads in Halesworth not just Chediston Street and see if anything does need changing.

'We will have our first meeting sometime in May and we are hoping for local volunteers to come and get involved and sit on the committee.'

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