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Locals call for urgent rethink over four-month road closure

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More than 1,000 people have signed a petition calling for a rethink on closing a main road through Melton near Woodbridge for four months.

Bloor Homes needs to carry out the work on Woods Lane to connect gas, electricity and water to a new housing development.

  • Click to watch a report on the Melton road closure by ITV News Anglia's Victoria Lampard

The road closure will be in two stages.

It is estimated that phase one will last for 24 days in November. The closure will restart in January for a further three months.

It will involve installing 500 metres of sewer pipes and connections, two metres underground, along the middle of Woods Lane.

A diversion will take traffic through Woodbridge.

The main road through Melton in Woodbridge is to be closed for a total of four months for services to be connected to a new housing estate. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Businesses in Melton say Wood Lane is already gridlocked during rush hour and they’re concerned about the impact of closing a section of the main road through the village.

Howell Jenkins of Five Winds Farm Smokehouse and Butchery said: “There’s a continual flow of traffic here and the proposals to send this volume of traffic through Woodbridge is just not going to work so the whole area is just going to jam up and if people avoid the area, a lot of people avoiding the area will be our customers.”

Local businesses are concerned about the impact of the four-month road closure. Credit: ITV News Anglia

“Potentially could close me down because people aren’t going to do the diversions and won’t want to do the diversions.

I quite understand. You don’t want to be stuck in traffic for half an hour plus to get to a saddlery to buy a bag of feed for your horse.”

– Abigail Lea, Happy Horse Saddlery
Abigail Lea of Happy Horse Saddlery said the road closure could put them out of business. Credit: ITV News Anglia

In a statement Bloor Homes said: "We can confirm that as agreed with Suffolk local authority, a section of Woods Lane will be closed while our contractor carries out essential road and sewer works to service our Longwood Fields development in Melton.

"This will include the construction of new footways, bus stops, access improvements and utility connections."

"There will be a separate route for HGVs in operations in order to minimise the disturbance to residents as much as possible.

"We apologise for any inconvenience caused to residents whilst we undertake this necessary work."

– Bloor Homes
Bloor Homes needs to carry out the work on Woods Lane to connect gas, electricity and water to a new housing development. Credit: ITV News Anglia