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Campaign calls for review into Abington Street traffic plan

Members of the St Edmunds Residents' Association are opposing plans to reopen Abington Street to cars.

Members of the St Edmunds Residents' Association are opposing plans to reopen Abington Street to cars.

Protesters fighting to stop part of Abington Street from being opened up to cars are taking their fight to the borough council’s external auditor.

The St Edmunds Residents‘ Association wants a review into the £3million plan because they believe it is illegal.

The association has written to the auditor saying it believes negative views expressed during a four-week consultation into the scheme were not taken into account.

It also argues there has been no ‘cost-benefit analysis’ published and claims the public has never been given a chance to consider any alternative schemes, such as opening the street to buses only.

Secretary for the association, Jim Wishart, said this was a last-ditch attempt to get the plans scrapped or amended.

“Our only other port of call would be to go to the Ombudsmen,” he said. “I would hope it would be dropped altogether but we have also put forward a compromise to the council.”

Mr Wishart said the compromise would be opening the street as a ‘shared space’, popular in countries such as France and Holland, which would see the street opened to traffic, but with pedestrians given right of way. “The best parts of the street could be retained this way,” he said.

 

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