I successfully managed to get the Council to change the new machines so local residents could get tickets before 8am and after 5pm so avoiding car park fines. I also got 4 extra spaces for the Siam doctors surgery so that medical staff could avoid fines in the 3 hour car park.
Liberal Democrats polled residents on which site would be best for the new health facility within the town. The result was that 51% preferred Church Field Road, 41% Walnuttree and the remaining the St Leonards site.
The Liberal Democrats have always fought hard for Sudbury’s western relief road. County Councillor Kathy Pollard with Baroness Ros Scott got it back on the agenda in 2001 at the County Council and it was Tessa Munt who found out that both Conservative run Essex and Braintree opposed our much needed relief road. The Liberal Democrats wrote to the then Secretary for Transport Alistair Darling demanding Sudbury’s case be reconsidered (see above) when the plans were rejected by Labour. Labour said more traffic management was needed. Since then, traffic has grown and the now Conservative-run County Council have put in no interim traffic management, cutting back the Belle Vue juction improvements and not finishing the Cross St scheme. There is a limited budget for schemes in the town meanwhile congestion continues and gets worse. The western bypass was ranked 96th out of 98 schemes in the East of England so it is unlikely to get any funds till 2019 or later.
Liberal Democrats are demanding that the Conservatives implement traffic management in the town that will help reduce HGVs and the volume of vehicles. HGV’s are 7% of traffic in Cross St but generate over 45% of pollution emissions that potentially affect residents health.
We are pressing for the downgrading of the A131 as the primary lorry route through Ballingdon, the relocation of the Sandy Lane Household waste site to Chilton Woods and 20 mph zones in Friars St/Church St.
This traffic management will also help us achieve the aim of a relief road that will improve the quality of life of residents and the protect our historical built environment.