Furious villagers 'vow to move out' if speed bumps are put on main road

Angry villagers have threatened to leave their area if local councils follow through on plans to add speed bumps to a main road.

Following ’30 years of resident concern about speeding’, Suffolk County Council and Hepworth Parish Council are discussing introducing the humps.

But local Simon Cook insists those who want to slow speeding cars ‘haven’t thought about the impact’ on people living in the area.

Up to 300 residents on the one mile stretch of road will have to put up with the noise of ‘starting and stopping vehicles’, he says.

Speaking to Suffolk News, he said: ‘Certain people have moved here recently who have been pushing for speed bumps without thinking of the impact they will have.

‘Speed bumps will generate noise from the tractors, trailers, lorries and cars stopping and starting though the night, and zooming off.’

Claiming locals haven’t been asked for their opinions, he added: ‘Then there is the cost in terms of public money. Some people have said they will leave the village if they go ahead.’

Suffolk county councillor Joanna Spicer said speeding traffic is a problem ‘regularly raised by locals for three decades’.

She added that the plan is ‘far from a done deal’, and assured locals they wouldn’t be ‘old style sleeping policeman’ if introduced.

A spokesperson for Suffolk County Council said: ‘Our teams have been working on preliminary designs for a traffic calming scheme, following concerns of speeding vehicles through Hepworth.

‘Discussions have been ongoing with Cllr Spicer and the parish council. Once the designs and costs have been agreed, a consultation will be required with key stakeholders, including residents.’

Metro.co.uk has contacted Hepworth Parish Council for comment.

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