This excellent letter was complied by Lyng Parish Council, with the guidance of a local resident. It has been sent to Mr David Allfrey, Highways and Major Projects Manager Norfolk County Council, who attended the special meeting about the NDR. Cty Counc. Bill Borritt also attended.
Thank you for attending our extraordinary meeting regarding the NDR affect it will have on the village of Lyng.
As a result of the meeting and the findings of the Parish Council we would raise the following points --
What are the changes in traffic flow predictions post NDR for the A106
What is the confidence level for the predictions, given the situation at Postwick which required the head of department to appear on Look East to defend the very significant variance in expected traffic volumes?
Are any junction improvements planned at the A47 junction on the designated routes from the A1067?
How will the route be signed from and to the Fakenham Road?
If no junction improvements are planned traffic congestion at junctions will become an issue, not to mention safety (pre-Mattishall roundabout!) Traffic will respond by seeking alternative routes, increasing pressure on existing and potential rat runs. (We believe that already the implemented HGV plan at Hockering has had an impact on Lyng.) How will this be addressed?
The route through Lyng looks attractive on a map as it leads to a grade junction with the A47 which will mean no junction delays and a much safer means of joining the A47? Has this been identified and addressed?
Satnav devices use different criteria in suggesting routes e.g shortest, quickest. Could satnavs possibly suggest the route through Lyng as quickest if thre are junction delays at the A47?
Please confirm when and if the roads leading in and out the village, not to mention through the village, were surveyed to assess their suitability for HGV traffic. Low widths, narrow bridges with no pedestrian facility, poor horizontal alignment, substandard turning radii at Heath Road, substandard footway widths in village etc). lf a survey was carried out, the Parish council would like a copy of the report.
Does the County Council have desirable minimum carriageway widths for 2 way HGV traffic?
Road improvements are usually to benefit communities but in this case there is the potential to destroy the rural environment of a whole village. The meeting felt that it is not acceptable to "wait and see" as set out in the inspector's report. There will be a delay whilst evidence is accumulated possibly at a time of
economic restraint possibly amounting to a number of years. Instead we strongly believe that the County Council should be taking a PRECAUTIONARY APPROACH and act in advance.
A weight restriction does not strike the village as an unaffordable mitigation measure given the overall cost of the project. For instance how much has been
A few ideas to keep heavy traffic off our roads
budgeted for mitigation measures to protect wildlife and how does this compare with the cost of preparing the order and signing a HGV restriction?
We have had a refusal to consider a 20mph restriction and would like the reasons for this.
There are significant concerns regarding an increase in all traffic, but especially an increase in HGV's moving through the village. In Lyng there are many potential hazards including absent and substandard footways poor surfacing and surface water drainage, a school, play areas, and horse riders.
We have identified particularly hazardous stretches of road and junctions, within or affecting the village, which are--
(i) the northern length of Heath Road, (traffic already regularly mounts the pavements at this point narrowly missing pedestrians.)
(ii) the exit at the eastern end of the Lyng Easthaugh Road and
(ii) the junction with the Lyng Road and the Fakenham Road at Sparham. (Continued over page).
The Parish Council would appreciate full answers to these questions. It was clear at the public meeting that feelings are high. Although it was mentioned at the meeting that there is a possibility of A1067 and A47 link road, it is clear that this will not be constructed in the short to medium term. In the mean time we need the Council to take the precautionary approach and address these issues BEFORE the NDR is open.
It is our view that, in the context of the scheme, the costs will be minimal; whilst doing nothing or procrastinating, will result in a serious deterioration in the quality of life of Lyng and the likelihood of accidents causing injury or death.