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Poulter adds his voice to calls to reduce HGV traffic in Eye town centre

Dr Dan Poulter discusses problems with lorries in Eye with local councillor Peter Gould, Pictrure: Office of Dr Dan Poulter.

Dr Dan Poulter discusses problems with lorries in Eye with local councillor Peter Gould, Pictrure: Office of Dr Dan Poulter.

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Central Suffolk MP Dr Dan Poulter has backed plans for Suffolk County Council to review the number of lorries that are travelling through Eye after increasing concern from local residents about growing traffic.

Dr Poulter was joined by local district councillor Peter Gould and members of the town council at a meeting with Suffolk County Council’s cabinet member for highways Andrew Reid to discuss the concern about the number of HGVs travelling through the town.

A traffic study had been scheduled to start earlier in the year, but was postponed due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Although further traffic modelling work will be required to fully assess and understand the impact of the problem, potential solutions could include a review of, and changes to HGV weight limits and alternative traffic management measures.

Commenting on the meeting, Dr Poulter said “Although we must celebrate the diverse and vibrant business community contributing to our economy in and around Eye, we must also be mindful of the impact that excessive HGV movements can have on our rural roads, villages and small towns.

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“The narrow streets and pavements in Eye are wholly unsuited to the weight and volume of HGV movements which the town is currently seeing, and I share the concerns of residents.”

“I am grateful to Suffolk County Council for joining the meeting and look forward to working with them to deliver solutions to help enable our business community to continue to thrive, while also protecting the residents of Eye, and the historic fabric of the town.”

Meanwhile work is progressing well on two new roundabouts that will link the Eye Airfield industrial park directly with the A140 to the west of the town.

MORE: MP visits new road project on A140

This will also include a new link for traffic from the town on to the A140 heading north easing a potentially dangerous junction with a difficult right-hand turn on to a busy stretch of the main road at Brome.

The new roundabouts, which should help reduce the number of HGVs that need to travel through the town itself, are due to open next year after a long campaign and the offer of funding from the government to help ease local congestion in the area.


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A140 crash: Road reopens after crane crash

The A140 has reopened after a crane truck overturned in the carriageway at Earl Stonham. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

The A140 has reopened after a crane truck overturned in the carriageway at Earl Stonham. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

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The A140 at Earl Stonham has reopened more than 30 hours after a 55-tonne crane overturned, damaging the road.

The crane truck overturned on Monday, October 26 on the A140 in Earl Stonham. Two people were inside but escaped without injury. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNThe crane truck overturned on Monday, October 26 on the A140 in Earl Stonham. Two people were inside but escaped without injury. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

The police were initially called to the scene shortly after 2.30pm on Monday, October 26 after receiving reports that a crane had crashed on the busy road, near to the junction with the A1120.

After the crane was put back on its wheels and removed from the scene, a team from Suffolk Highways worked for hours to repair damage on the road.

The crash also completely destroyed a garden wall, spraying debris across the road.

However a tweet from Suffolk Highways confirmed that the road reopened shortly before 10pm yesterday evening.

The crane smashed through a wall and the home owner is now having to have the tree removed Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNThe crane smashed through a wall and the home owner is now having to have the tree removed Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

It said: “The road is now fully open to traffic. Thank you all for your patience.”


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A140 to reopen at midnight – more than 30 hours after a 50-tonne crane crashed

The crane truck overturned yesterday on the A140 in Earl Stonham. Two people were inside but escaped without injury. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

The crane truck overturned yesterday on the A140 in Earl Stonham. Two people were inside but escaped without injury. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

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The A140 at Earl Stonham is set to reopen at midnight – more than 30 hours after a 55-tonne crane overturned damaging the road.

The A140 has been completely blocked at Earl Stonham since the accident yesterday afternoon. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNThe A140 has been completely blocked at Earl Stonham since the accident yesterday afternoon. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Police officers were called to the scene shortly after 2.30pm on Monday, October 26, after the crane truck crashed near the A1120 junction.

Now a team from Suffolk Highways is set reopen the road after more than 30 hours of work.

A garden wall was completely demolished and teams from Suffolk Highways were on site throughout the night and day carrying out repairs to the damaged road.

A tweet from Suffolk Highways said: “The cleansing of the road and affected areas is almost complete. We look set to reopen the road by midnight tonight.

“Huge thank you to our teams for their work on this today and thank you to the residents & motorists for their patience!”

It was initially estimated work would be complete by 10am this morning.


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A140 to stay closed until evening after truck crash nearly 24 hours ago

The crane truck overturned yesterday on the A140 in Earl Stonham. Two people were inside but escaped without injury. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

The crane truck overturned yesterday on the A140 in Earl Stonham. Two people were inside but escaped without injury. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

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The A140 is expected remain closed at Earl Stonham until this evening – which will be more than 24 hours after a 55 tonne crane overturned damaging the road.

The A140 has been completely blocked at Earl Stonham since the accident yesterday afternoon. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNThe A140 has been completely blocked at Earl Stonham since the accident yesterday afternoon. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Police officers were called to the scene shortly after 2.30pm on Monday, October 26, after the crane truck crashed near the A1120 junction.

MORE: A140 blocked after 55 tonne crane truck overturns and hits garden walls

A garden wall was completely demolished and teams from Suffolk Highways have been on site throughout the night and today carrying out repairs to the damaged road.

It was initially estimated work would be complete by 10am this morning, however almost 24 hours after the accident the road is still closed.

A spokesperson for the authority said: “Following the incident which occurred yesterday afternoon, resulting in the temporary road closure of A140; our teams have been on site to complete road and footway repairs along with ensuring the road is clear of hazardous oils from the vehicle.

“We are working hard to have the road reopened this evening; although we are unable to provide exact details at this time.

“For updates, please visit @SuffolkPolice and @Suff_highways”

Diversions are currently in place through Forward Green onto the A14 at Stowmarket and drivers have been asked to avoid the area if possible.

MORE: ‘An accident waiting to happen’ – Locals react to A140 crane crash


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Travel disruption after A140 accident and road closure

The A140 at Brome, near Diss and Eye, where an accident has partially closed the road. Picture: Adrian Pye/Geograph

The A140 at Brome, near Diss and Eye, where an accident has partially closed the road. Picture: Adrian Pye/Geograph

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Commuters are facing rush hour disruption following an accident on the A140, while another section of the road remains closed.

Motorists travelling between Norfolk and Suffolk are being warned to expect delays following an accident at Brome, near B1077 Stuston Lane.

The crash at about 6.30am on Tuesday has partially blocked the A140 causing tailbacks and queueing traffic both in both directions including back to the Scole roundabout. There is also congestion back on to the A143.

It comes as the A140 remains closed further south at Earl Stonham following a lorry overturning.

Recovery work between the A1120 to the Green Lane turn-off means the main Norwich to Ipswich road is still closed in both directions.

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A140 at Earl Stonham still closed after truck crash

The A140 is still closed after a crane truck overturned in the carriageway in Earl Stonham yesterday afternoon. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

The A140 is still closed after a crane truck overturned in the carriageway in Earl Stonham yesterday afternoon. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

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The A140 is expected to remain closed at Earl Stonham well into this morning, after a 55 tonne truck crashed into a garden wall yesterday afternoon.

The A140 is expected to remain closed well into the morning, with police estimating it will not reopen until 10am. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNThe A140 is expected to remain closed well into the morning, with police estimating it will not reopen until 10am. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Police were called shortly after 2.30pm on Monday, October 26, following reports a crane truck had overturned near the junction with the A1120.

The truck is thought to have crashed into two garden walls and a telegraph pole, coming to a halt on its side across both lanes.

MORE: A140 blocked after 55 tonne crane truck overturns and hits garden walls

No other vehicles were involved in the crash and neither of the two people in the truck suffered any injuries.

A spokesman for Suffolk police said the road is expected to be reopened at around 10am, meaning the key route will stay closed through rush hour.

Yesterday afternoon traffic was seen stretching back as far as the A14 and more congestion is likely this morning.

A spokesperson for Suffolk Highways said: “The A140 at Stonham Aspal remains closed this morning following an incident with a large mobile crane, which blocked the carriageway yesterday.

“Suffolk Highways have been on site throughout the night to remove the crane, but the road requires some repair work today.

“There are diversions in place through Forward Green onto the A14 at Stowmarket, but drivers are asked to avoid the area if possible while the road remains closed.”

As of 7am, the road will have been closed for more than 16 hours.

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A140 crane crash: Locals react to Earl Stonham accident

The A140 is currently blocked in both directions after a crane truck overturned in the carriageway in Earl Stonham Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

The A140 is currently blocked in both directions after a crane truck overturned in the carriageway in Earl Stonham Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

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A man who has had his garden wall smashed in a major lorry crane crash has called for improvements to be made on the A140.

The crane smashed through a wall and the home owner is now having to have the tree removed Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNThe crane smashed through a wall and the home owner is now having to have the tree removed Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

The 55-tonne truck smashed through two garden walls before rolling on its side and hitting a telegraph pole in Earl Stonham shortly after 2.30pm today – sparking hours of closures on the major road between Ipswich and Norwich.

Both occupants inside the truck were unhurt from the crash, which residents said made a “large bang” heard across the area.

Pictures from the scene showed debris spread across the road, while the truck has completely blocked both carriageways.

Two garden walls were smashed during the crash Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNTwo garden walls were smashed during the crash Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Local resident Mike Peters, whose garden wall was hit by the truck, said the junction has been “an accident waiting to happen” for years.

Mr Peters said: “It is not the first time my wall has been damaged due to an accident – they have also hit my tree which is now leaning over.

“I had been out cutting my grass two hours earlier so it was a lucky escape.”

The A140 is currently blocked in both directions after a crane truck overturned in the carriageway in Earl Stonham Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNThe A140 is currently blocked in both directions after a crane truck overturned in the carriageway in Earl Stonham Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

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Mr Peters added a speed camera at the junction had been out of action for several years, though the cause of today’s accident is unknown.

The extent of the road’s closure eventually spread from the junction with the A1120 until the junction with Needham Road.

The A140 is currently blocked in both directions after a crane truck overturned in the carriageway in Earl Stonham. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNThe A140 is currently blocked in both directions after a crane truck overturned in the carriageway in Earl Stonham. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

One motorist caught up in the disruption on his drive home from work in Ipswich said he would like to see further safety measures added to the road to help prevent further accidents.

They said: “I think it goes to show how dangerous the A140 is as a road – that junction is known to be a bad junction and a nasty one at that – it isn’t the only one along there.

“Something needs to be done about the road as it is the main road connecting Norwich to Ipswich and it is pretty torrid.

The A140 is currently blocked in both directions after a crane truck overturned in the carriageway in Earl Stonham. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNThe A140 is currently blocked in both directions after a crane truck overturned in the carriageway in Earl Stonham. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

“I’m just glad no one was hurt.”

No other vehicles were involved in the collision.

The road remains closed.


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A140 traffic: Road blocked after crane truck overturns in Earl Stonham

The crane truck hit two garden fences and a telegraph pole Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

The crane truck hit two garden fences and a telegraph pole Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

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The A140 is currently blocked in both directions after a crane truck overturned in the carriageway in Earl Stonham.

Police were called to the road shortly after 2.30pm, following reports that the truck had overturned near to the junction with the A1120.

It is understood the truck – which is said to weigh 55 tonnes – also collided with two garden walls and a telegraph pole.

A police spokeswoman said two people inside the truck have not suffered any injuries.

No other vehicles were involved.

One resident, whose garden wall was hit, said the junction has been an One resident, whose garden wall was hit, said the junction has been an “accident waiting to happen” Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Highways England crews have arrived at the scene to help assist in clearing an oil spill caused by the accident – although police have been unable to confirm when the scene will be cleared.

Traffic is currently stretching as far back as the A14.


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My East Anglian Heaven and Hell: Guy Nicholls

Guy Nicholls, founder of Tru7 Group. Picture: Charlotte Bond

Guy Nicholls, founder of Tru7 Group. Picture: Charlotte Bond

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This week Gina Long meets Guy Nicholls, owner of Tru7 Group.

Guy Nicholls and Gina Long MBE with Sam and Euan Morley Picture: Sarah Lucy BrownGuy Nicholls and Gina Long MBE with Sam and Euan Morley Picture: Sarah Lucy Brown

Guy Nicholls, owner of Tru7 Group, a family-owned group of companies, is fiercely loyal to his East Anglian roots. Philanthropic Guy generously has pledged £100,000 to the GeeWizz Charity Legacy fundraiser that will be announced late October, to help build a new specialist SEND’s playground at the Thomas Wolsey Ormiston Academy. His companies employ more than 200 people in Suffolk. Here he speaks with Gina Long

What is your connection to East Anglia?

My father Percy was originally from Yoxford, moving to Ipswich in the 1950s, where his family had numerous garages. He was very innovative back then. He, along with his brothers, was one of the first families to sell second-hand cars – everyone locally knew them. He then left the family business and started on his own.

What is your East Anglian Heaven?

I just love the people and the area; I couldn’t imagine living anywhere else. We have beautiful coastal areas and rivers. We are also very lucky having lots of wonderful pubs and places to eat. There are just so many places across Suffolk and Norfolk to choose from.

What is your East Anglian Hell?

The road systems are dreadful. In my opinion, the A140 must be one of the worst roads in the UK. The Orwell Bridge seems to have constant closures because of high winds and accidents. Very frustrating!

What’s your favourite East Anglian restaurant?

I need to mention a few. In Suffolk, The Unruly Pig and Milsoms and, of course, The Talbooth.

What’s your favourite way to spend an East Anglian evening?

At home with my wife and a G&T.

What’s your favourite East Anglian landmark?

Coming back from anywhere, I always breathe a sigh of relief when I see the ‘Welcome to Suffolk’ road sign.

What’s the best thing that happens in East Anglia every year?

The Suffolk Show, I go to every year without fail, and the Heveningham Concourse d’Elegance has become a must. Both hugely missed this year, due to the unwelcome pandemic. We can only hope they will return in 2021, along with all other major events.

What is your specialist Mastermind subject?

That is not a difficult question, has to be trucks and diggers!

What is always in your fridge?

Gin and tonic. We buy as much local produce as possible. My wife Julie and I love the local farm shops. Our fridge has a vast amount of produce from Suffolk Food Hall in it!

What’s your simple philosophy of life?

Work harder and smarter than your competition.

What’s your favourite film?

I like British gangster films, so 
it’s got to be Guy Ritchie’s Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, and any Richard Curtis film is brilliant.

What was your first job?

Does it count if I say the work I 
did after school with my dad 
Percy from a very early age? Cleaning diggers was my first job there from memory.

What is your most treasured possession?

My family and our health.

Who do you admire most?

Lord Bamford, Owner of JCB. What they have achieved as a family is astonishing, and it’s still a family business.

What is your biggest indulgence?

Cars.

What do you like about yourself most?

I stick to my word.

What’s your worst character trait?

I cannot get out of bed in the morning…

Where is your favourite holiday destination?

The Italian lakes, but to be honest, I prefer to be at work.

Best day of your life?

The day my son Jake started working in the business. I must add, and having our three grandchildren, they have been a huge bonus to our lives.

What’s your favourite breakfast?

My wife’s brilliant home-cooked fry up – nothing beats it.

What’s your favourite tipple?

G&T

What’s your hidden talent?

Commercial deals.

When were you most embarrassed?

Trust me there have been many occasions…but none I’d let you print!

What’s your earliest memory?

Going to a van auction with my father, probably at the age of 
four.

What song would you like played at your funeral?

The Carpenters – Superstar.

Tell us something people don’t know about you?

I dislike holidays abroad, as I hate flying, regardless of the destination.

What is the worst thing anyone has ever said to you?

Hearing the news my father would not survive.

Tell us why you live here and nowhere else.

I am a real homeboy and Suffolk is definitely home. We are so lucky living here, especially as I think Suffolk has the best climate in the UK too.

What do you want to tell our readers about most?

I am so proud to be able to support the capital project the GeeWizz Charity is fundraising for. Having met many of the marvellous children and their families at the Thomas Wolsey Ormiston Academy in Ipswich, having seen their current playground, the new playgrounds are going to be well and truly life-changing. We are not film stars; we are just normal Suffolk people; we want to give something back and help local people in our area. With our charitable giving, we also want it to be transparent and local. I hope others will follow our lead and consider getting involved in late October when it will be announced. From a business perspective, in this ever-changing landscape, the Covid-19 pandemic is beyond worrying. In the 40-plus years I have been in business, not in my wildest dreams could I have imagined the world we find ourselves in today.

For more information go to: www.tru7group.com

If you live in Suffolk or Norfolk and have an interesting story to tell please do email me at gina@hallfarmfornham.com or follow Twitter: @geewizzgee1 Instagram: ginalongmbe


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Council to revisit St Benedicts after concerns over 'impact on policing'

Orange barricades up St Benedicts Street in Norwich. Picture: submitted

Orange barricades up St Benedicts Street in Norwich. Picture: submitted

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Council officers will revisit a city street which has had a traffic ban imposed in a bid to boost post-lockdown trading after fears over licensing breaches were raised.

St Benedicts which will soon to be closed to traffic. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYSt Benedicts which will soon to be closed to traffic. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

St Benedict’s Street in Norwich city centre has seen cars banned – despite vehement opposition from a group of traders – in the hope of aiding businesses in attracting customers as the pandemic eases.

But concerns have been raised by the local community about late-night disturbance and noise, and a county councillor has urged the local authority to police the area.

READ MORE: Businesses push council to review car ban on city centre street

Danny Douglas, Norfolk county councillor for Mancroft, wrote to Martin Wilby, cabinet member for highways, to highlight the issue.

Danny Douglas, Labour candidate for Mancroft. Pic: Labour Party.Danny Douglas, Labour candidate for Mancroft. Pic: Labour Party.

He said: “Many businesses were putting out tables and chairs and serving people on the spaces provided by the temporary road order on St Benedict’s.

“None of these establishments had licenses to provide any services in these spaces. Some of these establishments have not even applied for a license.”

And Labour councillor Mr Douglas commented: “We’ve been making the council aware. My concern is the impact on policing.

“It’s down to the county council to police the space – nobody has got a licence at the moment.”

Martin Wilby, Norfolk County Council cabinet member for highways, infrastructure and transport, at the new A140 Hempnall roundabout. Picture: Simon ParkinMartin Wilby, Norfolk County Council cabinet member for highways, infrastructure and transport, at the new A140 Hempnall roundabout. Picture: Simon Parkin

And he said he was worried about on people living in the area.

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“Residents are concerned about late night stuff,” he said. “They’ve got trucks down there at 5.30am.

READ MORE: Fears closure could ‘destroy street’ as traders urge council to rethink

“The poorest people in Norwich live there in private rentals. Lots of families live above shops.

“There’s a balanced approach but what we can’t have is people just doing things.”

A Norwich city council spokesman said: “We have not yet granted any licences for businesses on St Benedict’s to have tables and chairs.

“If and when licences are granted, then we will have the responsibility of making sure the terms of those licences are adhered to in full.”

A spokesman for Norfolk county council said: “The county council’s officers will be visiting traders along St Benedict’s Street again this week following concerns raised by the local community over the weekend.

“We are liaising closely with the police and Norwich city council’s licensing team to balance the needs of the whole community in this matter.”

A Norfolk police spokeswoman said officers had not received any calls or complaints regarding licensing breaches taking place on St Benedict’s Street.

READ MORE: Businesses block road with vehicles in protest over car ban


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New petrol station proposed for busy junction near A14

The proposed garage would be at the jucntion between the A14 and A140 Picture: GOOGLE MAPS

The proposed garage would be at the jucntion between the A14 and A140 Picture: GOOGLE MAPS

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Plans have been submitted to build a new petrol station, cafe and restaurant off the A14 near Needham Market – opposite a Shell garage that is set for a major revamp.

Documents submitted to Mid Suffolk District Council propose building a petrol filling station and store on Norwich Road on the roundabout at junction 51.

Vacant land near the junction has been earmarked for the proposed petrol station, which would be managed by EG Group through their Euro Garages arm.

As well as the station, there are also proposals to build a drive-thru cafe and a restaurant.

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EG Group say the planned development “will be complimentary to the existing, dated service facilities to the north of the junction”.

If planning permission is received, the complex could lead to the creation of more than 100 jobs, according to EG Group.

The plans come as the Shell garage on the same roundabout propose making significant changes to their site, including planning to halve the number of car filling points to six to make way for another HGV station.

Shell also plan to remove the existing kiosk, canopy, fuel tanks, pumps and jet wash to allow for the construction of a new sales building, forecourts, canopy and underground tanks and car parking spaces.

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