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The Parish Council has been working with residents, District and County councillors, Police and LorryWatch for many years because of issues of safety, congestion and speeding. Of particular concern is the B1078 through the village.
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There have been a number of incidents recently that have highlighted the risks. This year an ambulance with blue lights flashing was gridlocked on the High Street and another ambulance had to be sent, more recently a cyclist was recently knocked off her bike at Crown Corner and two police cars rushing to an emergency could not get through the High Street and had to turn around. In the past there have been a number of car accidents, pedestrians nearly hit by vehicles mounting the pavements and people on bikes being knocked off.
Last December the Parish Council met with Suffolk County Council Leader Matthew Hicks to request SCC Highways help in making recommendations to a range of options to address these issues.
The following points summarise this activity:
1) There are no plans to change the parking or the road markings in front of or opposite the village shop.
2) There are no plans to change the parking or road markings in the High Street (other than Crown Corner) or anywhere else in Coddenham.
3) In response to a number of potential public safety issues the Parish Council has requested Suffolk County Council (SCC) to consider a small section of double yellow lines on the inside of Crown Corner (at the bottom of the High Street and shown for illustrative purposes as the red line in Figure 1 below).
4) Any changes of this nature are complicated and will require public consultation. The Parish Council will communicate details in the future once SCC Highways have completed their surveys and SCC Leader Matthew Hicks has agreed to fund further progress.
It is important to note that the Parish Council is not proposing changes that impact the village shop or parking for residents on the High Street. The Parish Council have requested SCC Highways to consider double-yellow lines on the inside of Crown Corner (the junction of the High Street with Church Road shown in red on Figure 1, for illustrative purposes), to improve the condition of the current road-markings throughout the parish and to look into the approach to Coddenham on Needham Road at the junction with Sandy Lane, where there have been accidents and, sadly, fatalities.
To reiterate, there are no plans to make changes to the School Road Junction with the B1078 (either in front of, or opposite, the village shop). However, there are safety concerns, evidenced by a number of accidents and near misses, on the inside of this corner as a result of vehicles parking too close to the corner which causes traffic travelling down the High Street to swerve into the path of oncoming vehicles. This not only impedes the flow of traffic in the High Street but also presents risks to the safety of cyclists, other drivers and pedestrians crossing at this point (because line of sight is often blocked by parked vehicles).
Please note that funding for any improvements will come from Suffolk County Council and there will be an opportunity to seek the views of all parishioners prior to any decisions being made when the time comes.
Of significant recent concern are the plans for Sizewell C. Having reviewed this development the Council has written to the Planning Authority to express our serious concern about the lack of infrastructure to support this development and the direct impact we expect on our Parish. For more details please read our response letter by clicking on Parish Council Response Letter: Sizewell C
As part of its response to EDF Energy’s latest community consultation on its application for Sizewell C, Suffolk County Council (SCC) has welcomed the energy provider’s movement towards reducing the number of additional heavy good vehicle movements on Suffolk’s roads and increasing the use of rail and marine freight deliveries during site construction. SCC has urged EDF Energy for many years to maximise freight deliveries by sea and rail and significantly, being of the view that the transport proposals were not sustainable, so it welcomes the proposals for an additional Beach Landing Facility on Sizewell Beach to bring construction materials in by sea, as well as an additional night-time rail delivery of materials to site. In its response, SCC also reflects that many of the proposals offered still lack vital elements in detail and assessment at this stage – such as impacts of the proposals on the coastline or night-time disturbance of residents living close to railway lines. SCC would welcome the opportunity for further dialogue with SZC C to better understand details of the current proposals, and the evidence base which has led to them.It is encouraging to see that EDF Energy has begun listening to the concerns raised by SCC and Suffolk’s communities include the input from our Parish Council. Recognising the need for further detail, SCC does welcome the principle of the changes proposed by EDF Energy, as they begin to address some of the concerns repeatedly raised. However, there still remains work to be done if the scheme is to be acceptable to SCC and local communities - not least in the area of further eliminating, minimising, mitigating, or compensating for the impact of the scheme on Suffolk’s unique natural environment.
A 20mph speed restriction was introduced a few years ago to help reduce speeds in Coddenham. Unfortunately, Suffolk Police has stated that exceeding speeds in a 20mph area will not be enforced.
The Day Foundation has provided the Council with a speed indicator device which you can see on School Road. Many thanks to Colin Hardy for managing the speed indicator device and providing the results.
The pie chart below shows the most recent data from traffic in both directions along School Road. The data shows 60% of traffic at or below the 20mph limit and 98% at or below 30mph
The Parish Council welcomes any suggestions or comments from parishioners as to how to reduce traffic, reduce accidents and reduce traffic speeds through our parish. Please contact us via the Parish Clerk
Planning Application - Change of use of part of land to use as a construction and agricultural training facility including new training centre and associated car park and hardstand, equipment/machinery store and scaffold area. Change of use of remainder of land to use for the grazing of horses and sheep including new stables and storage shed. Associated fencing and landscaping and alterations to existing access to site.
Location: Land Adjoining, A14 Slip Off To A140, Coddenham, Suffolk (Pipps Ford)
Full details of this application are available to view online by visiting https://planning.baberghmidsuffolk.gov.uk/online-applications/ and entering DC/21/00487 in the "Planning - Simple Search" box next to the "Search" Button at the bottom of the page)
On the 4th March the PC held a Planning Meeting which was attended by many of the parishioners affected by this application. The Council agreed unanimously to object in the strongest terms. The Council are very concerned that this is a residential area and particularly unsuitable for commercial development. It is designated as “an area of Special Landscape Interest”. The Council also has serious concerns about the traffic levels entering and exiting the Pipps Ford road on the busy A140/A14 roundabout and the lack of input from SCC Highways. It is also very concerned about noise and disruption. Overall this is an inappropriate site for this type of commercial development and there are many commercial areas in the vicinity that would be more suitable.
Please read the Parish Council formal response.
After years of seeking to protect the building through opposition to it’s conversion to solely residential use and by supporting designation of the property as an Asset of Community Value, the Parish Council reluctantly raised no objections to a formal application and the planning authority, Mid Suffolk District Council granted permission in October 2020 for the change of use of the building to form a single dwelling. MSDC received only 4 comments from residents, 2 in favour of conversion, and 2 against. This is now the only outstanding planning permission granted affecting the entire site.
A series of applications proposing various residential schemes on land to the rear of the main building and proposing access via the unmade track from Mill Lane were all the subject of significant objections from the Parish Council, and all applications were subsequently rejected by MSDC. The last application (DC/19/01497) for a single dwelling submitted in March 2019 was belated refused by MSDC in March 2021. Please read the MSDC Decision.
In the meantime faced with a deteriorating building and unsightly overgrown site, the PC have been constantly seeking to persuade MSDC to take urgent action to require the site owners to at least tidy up their property. Unfortunately, for as yet unexplained reasons and since at least October 2019, no action under the provisions of the Planning Act has been taken. We will continue to seek to exert pressure on MSDC to exercise their powers to bring about some relief to the present wholly unsatisfactory situation in the heart of the Coddenham Conservation Area.
This site together with operations in the nearby Barham pit have for many years now been making a significant contribution to the minerals needs of the County. Recently submitted applications seeking to extend the life of the operations have been considered by the Parish Council and two in particular have been the subject of comments and recommendations to Suffolk County Council as Minerals Authority.
Following suggestions by made by us, one application has been amended to ensure that access and vehicular movements instructions signage affecting Shrublands Quarry should be retained.
Another proposal involving a significant increase in the movement of inert waste material from the recycling facilities at Shrublands to the Barham Pit for site restoration purposes has attracted PC comments based on a range of highway safety matters. These include warning signage relating to turning movements of HGV’s, the possible control of the deposit of material on the highway caused by vehicles, and concerns at the sheer scale of potential HGV movements carrying up to 140,000 tonnes of fill material pa to the Barham site. These applications remain outstanding.
Plans have been drawn up to extend the commercial park on a four-acre plot next door to the Debach Enterprises warehousing site and alongside the old airfield runway. It will create a business centre, and 12 one- and two-storey business units, totalling 2,850 sq m of floorspace, plus 135 car parking spaces.
We will be discussing these plans, and the impact on our Parish, with District and County Council colleagues. For more information please see: EADT News Article