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  MP supports Fair Green residents' plea to end traffic ordeal

South Norfolk MP Richard Bacon has written to the Planning and Transport Director at Norfolk County Council regarding the amount of heavy traffic using Fair Green in Diss as a “rat run” and in particular as a short cut to builders' merchants Jewsons.

The extra traffic is dangerous for residents while heavy vehicles create deep potholes in the roads on the north and south sides of Fair Green.

Traffic, particularly heavy lorries, should approach Jewsons from Stanley Road (the main A1066) via Denmark Lane and not via the roads on the north and south sides of Fair Green. These two roads are for access to residents' properties only.

While Jewsons have erected a large turn left sign opposite their entrance directing traffic back to Stanley Road, road signs at Fair Green giving directions to Jewsons are inadequate. Road signs are the responsibility of the County.

There is only one road sign directing vehicles to the builders' merchants. This is for vehicles approaching Fair Green along Denmark Street from Palgrave. The sign directs them towards the Denmark Street/Stanley Road junction. The sign also mentions the road on the south side of Fair Green stating “No vehicles except for access“.

However, it is not clear that access should be to residents' properties only.

There are no other signs to the builders' merchants either at the Denmark Street/Stanley Road junction or on Stanley Road itself.

Mr Bacon said: “Signs giving proper directions to Jewsons and prominent signs at the entrances to the north and south sides of Fair Green saying “access for residents only” would be good for everyone. It would help reduce the problem of heavy lorries cutting through Fair Green, which is just not suitable for such traffic”.

“I have written to the Planning and Transportation Director at Norfolk County Council asking what action the County will take to alleviate the problem”.

29 November 2006

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