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Clare open as usual as residents urged to attend public meeting

The district councillor for Clare has said the town will remain open for business this summer despite disruption from a gas works upgrade.

Cllr Alaric Pugh, who is also St Edmundsbury Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Planning and Growth, is urging residents and businesses to attend a public meeting at Clare Town Hall at 7pm on Tuesday, June 2.

He said: “I understand that this is essential work that is due to be carried out by National Grid from mid July, however seven weeks of disruption is not going to be easy on any of us.

“I also understand that the reasons for the long official diversion route are because Cavendish Road is classed as a main A road into the town. We must, however, be realistic – many residents and visitors will already be planning their own shorter routes into and out of the town.

“I will be working with Suffolk county councillor for Clare, Mary Evans, to ensure the town remains accessible and the disruption is minimised as far as it can be.

“Above all else Clare will be open for business and I for one will be pressing this point at the meeting next Tuesday.”

The following diversion route will be in place: A1092 towards Long Melford, A134 towards Bury St Edmunds, A1302, A143 towards Haverhill, A1017, and then the A1092 towards Clare.

Pedestrian access to Cavendish Road will be maintained. Work will also take place in Church Lane for three weeks during August.

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