Campaign to replace unpopular build-out gathers momentum

13:15 13 January 2014

Sutton junction

Sutton junction

Archant

Support for the scrapping of a controversial traffic ‘build-out’ in Sutton is gathering momentum in the shape of a new petition.

The build-out, located in Ely Road, reduces two lanes of traffic into one and gives right of way to vehicles leaving the village.

The unpopular feature was introduced to control the speed of vehicles entering the village more than five years ago but now Sutton Parish Council is applying to Cambridgeshire County Council to have it taken out and replaced.

And their call is being backed by Sutton residents, who have signed a petition in their dozens to add weight to the parish council’s bid.

Since it was started on Janurary 2 the petition, launched by Cllr Mark Inskip, has attracted almost 90 signatures who have called on the county council to “support Sutton Paris Council’s bid to replace the build out”.

Cllr Philip Read, district and county councillor for Sutton, said he would be supporting the parish in its application to the county council to remove it.

He said: “I didn’t agree with it when it was first put in, it’s a nuisance. I have seen cars backed up right the way to the roundabout on some occasions and quite often motorists will try and jump out before an oncoming car arrives. It’s dangerous.”

Cllr Read added that his preferred replacement for the build-out would be a chicane, which would reduce the speed of HGVs coming into the village but not unduly impede cars.

The parish council agreed unanimously at its November meeting to apply to the county council’s local highway improvement fund for 2014/15 to have the feature replaced. It agreed to commit up to £1,000 towards the cost of the work.

View the petition at: http://epetition.cambridgeshire.public-i.tv/epetition_core/view/ElyRdBO

0 comments

More news stories

Yesterday, 16:03
Lorry overturns on A142 near Mepal after driver suffers medical emergency

A 32 tonne lorry overturned on the A142 near Mepal this morning when the driver suffered a medical emergency.

Yesterday, 10:22
Padnal Bank. Road blocked due to RTC.

A man says he is “fearful” for his life and has lost count of the amount of crashes between Padnal Road and Branch Bank outside his Littleport home – especially after seeing another collision last night.

Yesterday, 09:36
Both cars were written off following this A10 crash near Stretham

Motorists are being urged to tell the county council about overgrown vegetation after an accident on the A10 in which a businessman who suffered severe whiplash said he could not see an oncoming car due to six feet high grass.

Yesterday, 17:13
Who will succeed this man? MPs starting to declare who they will support to be the next PM: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

As a picture of who is supporting who in the leadership contest emerges over the coming days, we will bring you the latest here.

Most read stories

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Ely Standard e-edition E-edition
HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Newsletter Sign Up