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Confirmation on Capel link waited

PUBLISHED: 11:25 18 December 2001 | UPDATED: 11:02 03 March 2010

CAMPAIGNERS for a link road off the busy A12 near Ipswich are still waiting for official confirmation that the scheme has been agreed.

Residents in Capel St Mary are concerned about the dangers of trying to cross the busy dual carriageway to reach facilities in the main part of the village.

CAMPAIGNERS for a link road off the busy A12 near Ipswich are still waiting for official confirmation that the scheme has been agreed.

Residents in Capel St Mary are concerned about the dangers of trying to cross the busy dual carriageway to reach facilities in the main part of the village.

Dan Goyder, chairman of the Old London Road Residents' Association, said the group had put together a memorandum for Roads Minister John Speller outlining their fears about using the road.

Last month they had a meeting at the Department of Transport, Local Government and the Regions (DTLR) with Mr Speller and South Suffolk Conservative MP Tim Yeo, who has been backing the residents' 10-year campaign for a link road.

He said Mr Speller told them he was "minded to put it in the roads programme" and the Government department then announced proposals for the road a couple of days later.

In it the minister said: "I share the concerns about the safety of the crossroads and that they have been cut off from their local villages."

But nearly a month later, campaigners have still not been formally told that the road will go ahead.

The new proposal has been revised from a two-lane to a single-track road with passing places, estimated to cost less than £250,000. Suffolk County Council has offered to donate the land and a financial contribution to building it.

A previous scheme, which got the go-ahead in July 1998 following public consultations was axed in October 2000 after the Government decided it did not provide value for money.

Kathy Pollard, county councillor for the area, has also been campaigning on behalf of villagers and said she too had heard nothing about the safety scheme.

"If we are going to get it it's very, very good news because we have worked long and hard. But we would like some written confirmation of the decision."

Nobody was available to comment from the Highways Agency, which is in charge of the road scheme.


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