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Highways teams accused of failing to respond to road flooding concerns

PUBLISHED: 16:47 13 April 2018 | UPDATED: 17:46 13 April 2018

Signs showing the closure of Fairfield Road, Framlingham, Picture: ANDREW HIRST

Signs showing the closure of Fairfield Road, Framlingham, Picture: ANDREW HIRST

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Repeated flooding and an extension to a Suffolk road closure have left residents and community leaders frustrated.

The situation in Fairfield Road, Framlingham, provoked concerned public comments at the latest town council meeting.

One resident asked what could be done about the blocked drains, which have been causing flooding on the road for several years.

“In the context of bigger issues, I feel sheepish asking about it,” he said.

“But I’m sick and tired of having to ask. As a taxpayer I just want someone to come along and clear the drains so the roads don’t flood. It’s getting worse.”

He said had reported the blocked drains to Suffolk County Council (SCC) but was told it was a “low priority”. “I’ve also written to [county councillor] Stephen Burroughes to see if he can bang some heads together,” he added.

He said the flooding issues were part of a “wider picture” about the condition of roads in the town and the response from highways.

“Nobody is getting any answers from anyone,” he added.

Town clerk Eileen Coe said the council was “just as frustrated” about the issue.

“We’ve reported it several times and get the same response,” she added.

The road has been closed to traffic since February 13, to allow for widening work associated with Tayler Wimpey’s 163-home Castle Keep development.

Although it has been scheduled to reopen this week, Suffolk Highways’ website now shows its completion date as April 20.

Framlimngham resident Vic Stanbrook told councillors at the meeting: “Trying to get any information is very difficult, in particular about the road.”

A Taylor Wimpey spokesman said: “SCC initially requested we apply for a four-week road closure to cover our improvement work in Fairfield Road, with the option to apply for a two-week extension if required.

“We have since applied for the extension, which has been agreed by the council. Weather permitting, we hope to finish work so the road can reopen during the week beginning April 23.

“We apologise for any disruption to residents while work is taking place.”

An SCC spokesman added: “The flooding seems to be something that occurs periodically around that junction and gullies have previously been cleared in 2015, 2016 and 2017.

“There doesn’t appear to be any outstanding work planned with the flooding team.”

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