20mph zone for Anglesea Road in Ipswich not approved despite Tory letter

Anglesea Road. Picture: GREGG BROWN

Anglesea Road. Picture: GREGG BROWN

Plans to create a 20mph zone in an area of Ipswich have not been approved, according to highways chiefs – despite a letter being sent to residents.

Anglesea Road. Picture: GREGG BROWN

Anglesea Road. Picture: GREGG BROWN

On May 1, just days before the Ipswich Borough Council elections, a letter was sent by Ipswich Conservatives to residents in the Westgate Ward suggesting that the measures had been approved by then Suffolk County Council leader Colin Noble and his deputy leader and cabinet holder for transport, Jane Storey.

“I confirm that it was agreed that the scheme will proceed,” said the letter which was signed by St Margaret’s and Westgate county councillor Chris Chambers.

Concerns about accidents and speeding drivers on the road from residents had left local councillors looking into options for the road.

Speaking to this paper yesterday Mr Chambers said: “I can confirm that I have been given the guarantee from the relevant cabinet members that this scheme will go ahead.

“It was supported by local residents. I have no doubt that this will be going ahead. I just don’t know when.”

However, Suffolk County Council said last night that plans for the speed limit change had definitely not yet been approved.

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Inga Lockington, who is also a county councillor for St Margaret’s and Westgate, was one of the original councillors to put forward the plans.

After being told by council officers that there was insufficient support for the plans she was surprised to hear about the letter.

She said: “My residents have said they want it to be approved but I have had nothing in writing.”

Ms Lockington said that it was important the plans were considered and approved in the right way.

A spokesperson for Suffolk Highways said: “We are currently unable to approve the proposal for a 20mph speed limit in the Anglesea Road area due an insufficient level of response to the formal consultation.

“We will continue to work with local members on ways in which we can improve on traffic calming measures for the area.”

Only 47 responses were received to the Traffic Regulation Order of which only 51% were positive. The council said that they would hope for a figure closer to 960 responses to be more confident of local opinion.