Buttercross, September 11, 2015: Take pressure off Swaffham town centre

The Buttercross in Swaffham. ENGANL00120140402155632
The Buttercross in Swaffham. ENGANL00120140402155632
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Recently, not for the first time, there was gridlock on Swaffham’s north to south route, the good old A1065, because of roadworks.

Many motorists took over half an hour to access the town centre and, with it being the only route available, it is not surprising many tempers became frayed. When will it be acknowledged that a second north to south relief road is urgently required?

Some recently-arrived residents are already saying they made an error in settling in our town, something we surely do not wish to hear.

We have also had some recent, and very questionable, reasons given as to why the Theatre Street car park, which offers free use all day, cannot be accessed from the south end of Theatre Street.

Costs are not an issue as altering the traffic flow is easily achieved. Appropriate signage and changed road markings with the necessary legal notices published would see the job done.

Not that long ago, Theatre Street catered adequately for two way traffic when large lorries used the route. Once this car park is opened up for traffic from the south end of town, some pressure would certainly be removed from the centre. Townspeople know this, even if outsiders, apparently, do not.

Staying in the town centre, it is difficult to comprehend how the authority responsible for parking restrictions can then reason against them being enforced.

Nationally, we surely would be ridiculed by all if we, as an example, jailed our criminals but then left jail doors unlocked.

At the very least, we surely should be following the example of neighbouring towns who issue tickets for the allowed duration of the stay, so a check can then be made by anyone with the motivation to ensure the rules are being obeyed.

As it is, our town centre is presently gummed up by motors parked up all day with impunity. Businesses suffer obviously and need to be making noises, as does our town council, to have a better and more comprehensive parking system in place.

Finally, it was interesting to read of a village where people are concerned that part of their immaculately kept churchyard may be left overgrown as a nature reserve.

They, perhaps, would be dismayed to see at our parish church a recently built car park, of questionable quality, in our ‘closed’ graveyard, right at its entrance, and sited over many graves.