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Danger as drivers ignore safety measures

PUBLISHED: 01:35 15 May 2002 | UPDATED: 11:55 03 March 2010

MOTORISTS are causing fresh danger at a junction by blatantly ignoring new safety measures – after a three-year campaign by residents to end the hazard.

MOTORISTS are causing fresh danger at a junction by blatantly ignoring new safety measures – after a three-year campaign by residents to end the hazard.

Villagers, who fear that someone will be killed at the blackspot, are astonished that drivers are flouting the new yellow lines and are to ask police to take action and issue tickets.

The new parking restrictions have been put in place to improve visibility for drivers near the historic twin Trimley churches and came into force this month.

Trimley St Mary parish councillor Peter Newman – one of those who campaigned long and hard for the measures – said a number of motorists were parking on the yellow lines and it was not good enough.

"They are parking there and just nipping into the shop to get a paper or sweets and quite frankly it's not on," he said.

"These yellow lines have been put there for a safety purpose and those people who park on them are destroying the safety aspect.

"If people keep off the lines, then every driver coming out of Church Lane should be able to see traffic from the right. If a driver comes out and cars are parked on those lines, there will be more accidents.

"I know it only takes a couple of minutes to buy a paper, but how does it take to have an accident? The risk is still there."

People could still park in High Road outside the churches on the Felixstowe side of the Church Lane junction, and it was only a matter of walking an extra 30 yards to the post office and stores.

New yellow lines have been put in place on both sides of High Road in order to try to stop people parking close to the junction and increase visibility for drivers pulling right out of Church Lane, but it has cut parking for the shop.

Parish councillors launched a campaign for action to make the junction safer after complaints that parking at the shop was causing problems.

While councillors were concerned that the viability of the store was not harmed as it is vital to the community, the junction was "an accident waiting to happen".

There had been many close shaves as drivers edged out into the centre of High Road to see if it was clear or whether cars were overtaking those parked.

A number of schemes were looked at, including specially-placed mirrors and turning restrictions, but it was felt the lines were best.

There has been great frustration at how long it has taken since the campaign began in 1999 to get the scheme, and at one point Mr Newman threatened to paint the lines himself after council officials said they would be too expensive to put down.


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