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Haverhill woman has 'no choice' but to move after road problems left car and home damaged




Millfields Way in Haverhill in a bad state...PICTURE: Mecha Morton... .. (3817191)
Millfields Way in Haverhill in a bad state...PICTURE: Mecha Morton... .. (3817191)

A Haverhill woman is considering moving house after uneven speed bumps and potholes caused damage to her car and home.

Corinne Abbott, 62, of Ickleton Place, is on the hunt for another house after seven years of complaining to Suffolk Highways about the state of Millfields Way, on to which her house backs.

“I have already had to pay out more than £2,000 in repairs and I don’t want to keep having to do that. It’s been an absolute nightmare,” she said.

“We’ve had to pay for new rendering after ours was coming off the walls as a result of buses going over the bumps which actually makes the house shudder. A spring and tyre on our car has also been damaged going over them and there are potholes all over the road which just make everything 10 times worse.”

Millfields Way in Haverhill in a bad state...PICTURE: Mecha Morton... .. (3817194)
Millfields Way in Haverhill in a bad state...PICTURE: Mecha Morton... .. (3817194)

Corinne was on the committee which campaigned for the speed bumps to be installed in the 1990s, after a young girl was hit by a car and killed.

But further work has been carried out since then, which has left the bumps uneven and uncomfortable to drive over.

“I have back and neck problems already and it’s getting really unbearable to drive over the bumps because of the pain,” said Corinne.

“They are so high and there is a bump every five minutes. I have to hold my breath because it’s so sore. It’s making me dread leaving my house.

“I don’t want to be stuck here with all this noise and pain. Any time I leave the house I’m in pain. If it keeps going on like this, I’ll have to move. I won’t have a choice.”

Millfields Way in Haverhill in a bad state...PICTURE: Mecha Morton... .. (3817192)
Millfields Way in Haverhill in a bad state...PICTURE: Mecha Morton... .. (3817192)

Corinne, who wants to see chicanes replace the bumps, reported the issue to Suffolk Highways in June but was told that the road’s condition ‘does not warrant remedial action’.

“It’s just so disappointing because they don’t have to live with it year in, year out,” she said. “I’ve appealed to everybody so it does feel like there’s nothing else I can do.”

A Suffolk Highways spokesman said: “During the previous inspection of Millfields Way, there were no defects found that met the published criteria for repair.

“We are aware of the concerns raised by local residents and will consider these alongside our next inspection of the road in early September.”



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