Graft begins to spruce up Trimley
WORK has started on a scheme to spruce up the main road into the historic Trimley villages and mark the Queen's golden jubilee.The communities of St Martin and St Mary are working jointly on the project for the link road from A14 interchange.
WORK has started on a scheme to spruce up the main road into the historic Trimley villages and mark the Queen's golden jubilee.
The communities of St Martin and St Mary are working jointly on the project for the link road from A14 interchange.
County councillor Patricia O'Brien has given the parish councils £8,000 of her locality budget towards the venture, which may see the route renamed Jubilee Way in honour of the Queen's 50 years on the throne.
Residents had become fed up with the untidy state of the road which links the villages with the A14 and said its unkempt grass and litter strewn verges did not give visitors a good impression.
The first phase of the scheme is now underway – to create a new footpath from the roundabout in Trimley St Martin to the bus stop on the link road and the St Martin's Green housing estate.
Once this is complete, plans will be drawn up to improve planting along verges of the stretch and to improve the maintenance of the landscaping.
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Last summer the grass was cut twice but each time it has only served to make the route look more of a mess because the trimming exposed dumped rubbish.
Under the improvement project, the grass will be cut more often to create a nice greensward and discourage people dumping rubbish, and there will be substantial flower and shrub planting.
It is hoped that within a couple of years it could look a really welcoming approach to the villages.
Trimley St Mary parish council has agreed a number of other projects to mark the golden jubilee.
These include special achievement awards, to be known as the Queen's Jubilee Memorial Awards, for children at the village primary school.
Another priority is to refurbish the garden next to the school gate and village sign as an area to be enjoyed by the public, with a new bench in memory of former council chairman Don Donnelly, who died recently, and an additional bench and a new noticeboard.
Other schemes include the possibility of a weather vane, extra litter bins and some additional financial help for the carnival.