Southery calls for a bypass

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Southery Parish Council is planning to launch a campaign to get a bypass around the village to bring a halt to the traffic problems.

The move comes after about 50 residents attended a meeting to highlight the issues with the village’s roads and pavements.

Problems with speeding lorries travelling through Southery along with the sheer number of vehicles using the village were raised.

Parish council chairman Denise Skeels says the village has been raising the problems since 2001 and wants to see Southery taken off the route hierarchy, which allows lorries to travel through the village.

She said: “We have got to draw a line in the sand and say enough is enough.

“My utmost fear is that someone is going to be killed as these roads are not suitable for the traffic.

“The village was placed on the route hierarchy 30 years ago. Lorries have got larger since then and more traffic is diverted to Wissington British Sugar Factory. The sheer volume and speed of the traffic is becoming unbearable.”

Mrs Skeels, who adds that this is not an attack on British Sugar, says there are measures which can be taken to alleviate the pressure on the village now such as banning lorries from using Southery over weekends.

The village is also planning to put up signs calling for a bypass and a Facebook page, Bypass Southery Now, has been set-up.

Mrs Skeels said: “What we want people to do is share their experiences on our Facebook page and write to members of the county’s Environment, Development and Transport committee.”

MP Elizabeth Truss, who is also the secretary for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, also attended the meeting.

She said: “This has been an ongoing concern for local residents for many years now. I have brokered numerous meetings with Norfolk County Council to try to relieve the considerable problems caused by HGVs travelling through the village.

“I have invited the Leader of Norfolk County Council George Nobbs to come to Southery to witness first-hand the concerns local residents have, but as yet no time has been arranged.

“The county council needs to address this issue now, solutions found and the route hierarchy fully assessed. Planning for the future, a by-pass will relieve the pressure on Southery and I back local residents in their goal to secure one.’’