Traffic calming calls over store exit

An extra supermarket car park exit road at a North Walsham store has won the backing of town councillors, providing there are measures to slow down traffic.

An extra exit to a supermarket car park at North Walsham is set to get the go-ahead despite scores of objections.

Sainsbury wants to put the additional exit on to Mundesley Road to ease congestion leaving its main Bacton Road entrance.

But 75 local residents have objected raising concerns including extra traffic and noise, pedestrian safety, and increased flooding problems.

Last week the town council backed the scheme, but called for traffic calming measures, a 20mph speed limit and pedestrian crossing.

However a report to North Norfolk District Council's east area development committee, which meets on Thursday says highways officials have no objections, and point out there was a good accident record on Mundesley Road, so there was no justification for traffic calming.

Sainsbury points out in its plans that there was an access at the same spot in the store's previous life as a Somerfield outlet.

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About a third of the car park users, which peak at 4022 on Friday and 3818 on Saturdays, are expected to use the new exit, which aims to cut queues trying to leave through the other route.

A report to councillors says Sainsbury have been told of recurring problems, during heavy rainfall, of water flowing down the banks on to Mundesley Road and Northfield Road.

Two letters of support have also been sent to the council, which is recommending approval with a string of conditions, including calling for details of surface water drainage.