Labour's candidate for the Oulton Broad by-election Len Jacklin has called for a 'Highways Permit Scheme' to ease traffic disruption. Len said:
'If a "HIghways Permit Scheme" had been in place when the National Grid disrupted Bridge Road in Oulton Broad then there might not have been days of inactivity whilst drivers fumed at long delays and diversions. Such a scheme would encourage roadworks to be better planned as well as completed more quickly.
'Although they did complete their work within the time, many of us felt that it could have been finished days earlier saving local businesses from losing trade as well as road users time and expense.
'During the debate on the Labour proposal to introduce such a scheme, I pointed out the damage being done to Borrow Road by traffic using it as a rat run to avoid the congestion. The very next day the road was repaired. It took a Labour councillor to get things done.
'It also took a Labour Councillor to point out that Tory-run Suffolk had scheduled both our bridges to be closed at the same and get the situation resolved.
'Now a Tory Government are to implement exactly the scheme myself and other Labour members proposed. It goes to show that Tories in the south of Suffolk don’t care about us.
'They’re happy to waste your time and your money!'