Due to a recent funding award West Suffolk Council, Suffolk County Council and Suffolk Highways will be working together to move the pedestrian crossing. Please see the below plan which shows the three locations suitable for the new Puffin Pedestrian Crossing, the plans consider vehicular accesses and street furniture.
West Suffolk Council has a statutory duty to monitor air quality throughout its area and declare special Air Quality Management Areas (AQMAs) where levels are breached. Please see below for a summary of pollution in the area.
The results of the consultation
Following the consultation that ended on 19 June, we can confirm that Option 2 will be delivered. This is the middle option outside the Church Institute Hall.
The results of the consultation did not show a clear preference, with all proposed locations being chosen by a number of respondents for a variety of different reasons, with a number of people also suggesting that the crossing should remain in its current location and others suggesting it should be located closer to the garage/village hall than any of the three options. The rationale for choosing option 2 is detailed below.
There were concerns raised around the lack of footpath on the eastern side of East Barton Road. We can confirm that additional works to extend the footpath will be undertaken at this location to allow for a safer crossing of East Barton Road.
The assessment of the consultation responses highlighted a number of issues that fed into our final decision, these being:
- The importance of keeping the crossing close to East Barton Road/School Road junction for parents that use East Barton Road at school pick up and collection.
- The importance of moving the crossing away from the air quality management area (AQMA) to maximise air quality benefits.
- The importance of placing the crossing in an ‘open’ area to limit any negative air quality impact on the proposed new location.
- The importance of having the crossing accessible for the users of the village hall and garage.
Taking into account all preparatory work and the consultation feedback, West Suffolk Council and Suffolk County Council consider that there a number of advantages to the new location and crossing that should be highlighted:
- Air quality improvements within the AQMA.
- Easier and safer access to school from those living in the Elms Close and Cox Lane areas.
- Easier and safer access to the school from the village hall car park, which is currently under-utilised at school drop off and collection times. This would represent a closer and safer route to the school than the Freedom Church car park where parents are currently encouraged to park.
- Improvements to the footpath at the end of East Barton Road comprising of an extension beyond the existing end of footpath and new dropped curbs.
- Improvements to the Church Institute footpath.
- No increase in overall distance or distance adjacent to the A143 for parents and children parking on East Barton Road and accessing the school.
- Upgrading of the traffic lights to a more modern, intelligent and energy efficient Puffin crossing that will be more reliable, safer and ensure a smoother flow of traffic. It should be noted that the current crossing is the oldest in Suffolk and significant works are required to ensure the current Puffin crossing remains functioning, regardless of whether it is moved to a new location or not.
We currently anticipate that works will commence in September 2019, there will be further updates.
The monitoring has shown that there is a short section of the A143 The Street, Great Barton that has a high level of air pollution and is declared as an AQMA. This AQMA impacts the row of roadside cottages either side of and including the Post office.
Pollution is particularly high in this location as the cottages together with a wall and trees opposite form a ‘canyon’ affect which prevents the pollution from dispersing. Monitoring confirms that air quality improves considerably a few metres outside of this ‘canyon’.
The current location of the pedestrian crossing also contributes to the reduced air quality as drivers naturally idle in and/or accelerate through. Idling and accelerating are the two activities that create the highest levels of emissions.
Download and read the consultation letter (PDF, 43KB).
Suffolk County Council
- Children, families and learning
- Business and licences
- Jobs and careers
- Council and democracy
- Care and support for adults
- Roads and transport
- Planning, waste and environment
- Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service
- Trading Standards, community and safety
- Births, deaths and ceremonies
- Culture, heritage and leisure
- Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Council and democracy
- The council and its committees
- Councillors and elected representatives
- Budget, Council tax and finance
- Our aims and transformation programmes
- Council directorates and senior officers
- How the council works
- Open Data Suffolk
- Consultations, petitions and elections
- Lieutenancy and honours
- Borough, district, parish and town councils
- Suffolk Public Sector Leaders group
- Devolution for East Anglia
- Council news
- Suffolk County Council and the UK's departure from the European Union
Consultations, petitions and elections
- A tough call to make on the 2019/2020 budget
- Abbots Green Academy pre-application planning consultation
- Adult Community Services transport policy consultation results
- Babergh Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) consultation
- Barrow CEVCP School pre-application planning consultation
- Bosmere Community Primary School pre-application planning consultation
- Bramford CE Voluntary Controlled Primary School
- Bramford Church of England Voluntary Controlled Primary School pre-application planning consultation
- Children's Centre review 2020
- Claydon Primary School pre-application planning consultation
- Draft post-16 travel policy 2018/2019 consultation
- Forest Heath Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) consultation
- Future of the former Peasenhall Primary School site consultation
- Hampden House Pupil Referral Unit - Non statutory consultation on age range change
- Have your say on the future of the Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service
- Have your say on services for children with speech, language and communication needs
- Help to shape Suffolk’s Special Education Needs and Disability (SEND) future
- High needs funding consultation
- High needs funding consultation 2018
- Highfield Nursery pre-application planning consultation
- Lakenheath new primary school pre-application planning consultation
- Learning Disability Services in Suffolk
- Lindbergh Road, Ipswich, New SEMH School pre-application planning consultation
- Local Citizens Advice (CAB) consultation
- Lowestoft Record Office consultation
- Mid Suffolk Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) consultation
- Minerals and Waste Local Plan
- Nacton Road, Landseer Road and Rands Way, Ipswich consultation
- Otley Primary School pre-application planning consultation
- Permanent use of lay-bys along the High Street in Newmarket
- Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment 2018 consultation
- Proposed Post-16 Travel Policy for 2020/2021 school year
- Sixth form at King Edward VI CEVC Upper School, Bury St Edmunds
- Proposed disposal of the former All Saints Church of England Voluntary Controlled Middle School
- Proposed enlargement of premises at Barrow Church of England Voluntary Controlled Primary School
- Raising the Bar Strategy 2018-20 consultation
- Relocation of Puffin Crossing at The Street, Great Barton consultation
- Residents Survey 2016 results
- Resident parking scheme consultation for Stoke Bridge area of Ipswich
- St Edmundsbury Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) consultation
- School and post-16 travel consultation
- SEND Sufficiency Plan consultation
- Sir Robert Hitcham's CEVAP School, Framlingham pre-application planning consultation
- Suffolk Coastal Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) consultation
- Suffolk County Council budget consultation 2018/2019
- Suffolk’s Energy Gateway (SEGWay) consultation
- Suffolk’s Parking Management Strategy consultation
- The building of a pre-school at St Mary's RCP School, Lowestoft
- The building of a pre-school at Ilketshall St Lawrence Primary School
- The relocation and expansion of a pre-school at Exning Primary School
- Thurston Church of England Primary Academy pre-application planning consultation
- Tollgate junction improvements in Bury St Edmunds consultation
- Trading Standards draft enforcement policy consultation
- Waveney Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) consultation
- Whitehouse Community Primary School pre-application planning consultation
- Consultation on Chilton Woods
- Stowupland High School pre-application planning consultation
- Speech and Language Unit at Hardwick Primary School
- SEND provision at Gorseland Primary School
- SEND provision at Rushmere Hall Primary School
- SEND provision at St Gregory CEVC Primary School
- Bungay Communication and Interaction School pre-application planning consultation
- Moreton Hall SEMH School pre-application planning consultation