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Community Consultation for the new Thoroughfare signage

8 September 2017

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Under the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 local authorities can implement Traffic Regulation Orders (TROs) to control the traffic in their area in some way, e.g. restrict HGVs in residential areas, prohibit parking on specific streets or close a road for an event. 

The Thoroughfare Working Group would like the current TRO in place on the Thoroughfare to be updated and hence they have been working closely with local retailers, residents, the police and the general public to produce three new designs based on simpler and more easily enforceable signage. 

The aim is to ensure that everyone can view the designs and make comment on the benefits and disbenefits of each option in order for a clear consensus to emerge. For this purpose the designs will be on display at the Woodbridge Public Library from 25th September to 1st October

PRESS RELEASE:
September 10 2017
Woodbridge Thoroughfare Working Group
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Join the Community Consultation to make Woodbridge Thoroughfare better!

Come to Woodbridge Library, 25th September to 1 October, and help decide the best way forward for Woodbridge’s Thoroughfare.
The Thoroughfare - Woodbridge’s vibrant retail heart - has had increasing problems with traffic and parking in recent years. Residents, visitors, shoppers and traders have all expressed concern.
“The underlying problem is that both access and parking is governed by a Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) that’s decades out of date and no longer fit for purpose,” explains Woodbridge County Councillor, Caroline Page. “It no longer reflects the needs and usage of people in the Thoroughfare. However, everyone has different needs, concerns and priorities. As a result, the issue has been going round in circles for years. To break this deadlock I brought together a group that represented all major players – clearly the only way to find a workable solution to these problems was by working together. And after ten months discussion and evidence-taking, we have managed to come up with three options.”
The Woodbridge Thoroughfare Working group is cross-party, involving Woodbridge councillors at county, district and town level, as well as local police, traders, residents and representatives from Suffolk County Council’s Highway team.
“All the ideas are based around a simple, easy-to-understand sign which is what the current TRO doesn’t allow for - but there are three different versions. We’ll be showing these options, explaining the benefits and drawbacks of each - and asking for you to help us decide.”

If you are not able to attend at the library you will be able to see and comment on the consultation documents online from 25 September at: http://carolinepage.blog.suffolk.libdems.org/

For more information:
Caroline Page
County Councillor for Woodbridge, convenor of Thoroughfare Working Group
117 Ipswich Road, Woodbridge, Suffolk IP12 4BY
07545423837
Caroline.page@suffolk.gov.uk