Needham Market: Ruffley Calls County Council to Meeting and Demands Pedestrian Safety Measures in Coddenham Road

Thursday, 12 February, 2004

Following concerns expressed by residents of Uvedale Court residential home in Needham Market regarding the safety of pedestrians in Coddenham Road, David Ruffley has called a meeting with Suffolk County Council to discuss the situation. The meeting with residents, which David Ruffley will chair, will be attended by Keith Bridges, Team Leader, Traffic and Safety Management at Suffolk County Council. He has particular responsibility for the Needham Market area.

The meeting will take place on Friday, 13 February at 2.15 p.m. at Uvedale Court, Needham Market.

The particular area of concern for pedestrians is the stretch of road between Pump Street and Station Yard corner. There is no suitable pavement on either side of the road. On one side the pavement is narrow so people, especially if they use a stick and are carrying shopping 'overhang' the pavement. On the other side is a fixed obstruction, again making it difficult for people on foot. In addition, there are no parking restrictions so pedestrians have to negotiate parked cars when the pavement is too narrow.

David said: 'I am calling Suffolk County Council to a meeting so we can find a solution to this safety problem. Elderly residents cannot be expected to have to use the road and have their safety put at risk. I will be making it clear to the County Council that safety improvement must be put in place to assist my constituents.'