HISTORICAL BOXFORD PRESS
Danger spot soon to disappear
Suffolk Free Press
30 April 1970
Action by Mr. Keith Stainton, Sudbury's M.P., means schoolchildren at Boxford will no longer have to walk in the road.
And Mr. Peter Lowe, headmaster of the Boxford Primary School, said last week: "I was beginning to feel that nothing would be done until there was a fatal accident."
The danger spot was the road bridge near Boxford church. Many schoolchildren cross the bridge to and from school, but there is no footpath.
Now, after the school’s Parent-Teacher Association asked Mr. Stainton’s help, a grant of £675 has been made towards the cost of a footbridge by the Ministry of Transport.
Mr. Lowe said: “There has been trouble with footpaths in Boxford since the year dot.”
The issue had simmered for a long time and a grant application was previously turned down.
Mr. George Farrow, of the school’s P.T.A., said: “We have put our case in favour of the bridge to the education officer, Uncle Tom Cobley and all.
“The whole subject has been needing action for sometime,” he added.
The estimated cost of the bridge is £900. The £675 grant is payable during the present financial year.
A statement from Mr. Stainton says the grant was not given in the first place because there was enough money for only seven of the 20 projects put forward by the county council.
“This is really quite a good example of what can be done if you put your case to the right people.” said Mr. Farrow.
“All we have to do now is to wait for the county council to get on with it. The ball is now in their court.
“In two months we have had some action on a matter that has been simmering for some time.
“Everyone here is very concerned about the increase in traffic in the village, especially heavy lorries and container lorries.”
They use the road through the village as a main road to and from the East Coast ports.
“We are getting 30-tom lorries through the village.” said Mr. Farrow.