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Anglia Square developments will mean even more traffic for Norwich

PUBLISHED: 13:34 16 December 2016 | UPDATED: 13:34 16 December 2016

Anglia Square. Photo: Simon Finlay

Anglia Square. Photo: Simon Finlay

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I’m sure many readers will look at these plans with thoughts of double standards; on one hand the council wants to develop the city but on the other it penalises the residents of Norwich by making their everyday commute to and from the city a nightmare.

This is another ill thought out plan by the city council. Does Norwich really need another 1,000 houses when there have been a number of small developments around where I live which are not full and haven’t been so for some time?

Given the development’s location, how many are actually going to be affordable for the residents of Norwich to occupy?

With all of these developments with their sheer size and scale, I bet the council has the audacity next to say there is too much traffic in the city.

The council is often complaining about traffic in the city now and is even considering pedestrianising Prince of Wales Road due to traffic concerns.

For years now the council has been giving planning permission to convert homes into houses of multiple occupation.

This has drastically increased traffic in the city and in some areas, particularly those with parking permits, roads are impossible to park on, which is forcing some home owners out of the city.

Developments which are going to exacerbate traffic problems in the city should be on the outskirts where there is room to upgrade and improve the roads.

There is no way the centre of Norwich can cope with this much traffic and there is no room to upgrade many of the roads.

Research has proven that static traffic is more polluting than moving traffic, yet the council has gone out of its way to ensure Norwich is as congested and difficult to drive around as ever.

Building more and more houses and not updating the roads to eliminate gridlock clearly defies logic.

Prevent traffic from easily accessing the city and you drive out people and businesses.

For many, like myself, having a car is not a luxury.

I need one to get to work yet all I hear is the council saying “use public transport”.

I would love the council to explain which transport can get me 20 miles to work for 6am in the morning and back again in an emergency when I need to pick up a sick child within one hour.

Monika Villiers, Norwich


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