THE HEACHAM 5000
ABOUT THE PROBLEMS OF THE A149 AT
THE LAVENDER JUNCTION VERGE SUNDAY
28 AUGUST 2021 11.00AM
excellent turn out showed the solidarity of the Heacham
residents. The photos below also show the heavy
congestion of traffic at the Lavender Junction on the
A149 at Heacham.
and below shows the problem of motorists trying
to cross or join the A149.
A constant queue
of cars on the B1454 trying to cross or join the A149.
The same story of
cars trying to get out of Heacham at the same junction.
& below more photos showing the problem
& the strong contingent of protesters who have had
enough & want action, so when will the County
Council do something about it.
click here to see the second demonstration held on
29 May 2022
PRESS STATEMENT FROM
HEACHAM PARISH COUNCIL
Heacham Parish Council organises a static
demonstration at the Lavender Junction on the A149 on Sunday 28
“Free the Heacham 5000”
of Heacham Parish Council have decided to take direct action to
highlight the village’s frustration over the lack of action on
the problems of the A149 which runs along the outskirts of the
Bypass when it was built decades ago was great for the village,
but no suitable provision to enable residents and holiday makers
trying to leave the village was included - unlike at Hunstanton,
Snettisham and Dersingham -
Heacham’s neighbours. Traffic
levels on this road have gone way beyond the original planner’s
estimations, resulting in Heacham residents being penned in as a
steady stream of traffic makes its way through to Hunstanton and
the popular holiday coast beyond.
Heacham junction with the A149 has seen its fair share of
accidents some resulting in a fatality, many shunts are due in
part to the frustration of drivers trying to leave the village and
the speed of oncoming traffic.
Heacham’s population doubles in the holiday season which
results in queues of cars in trying to exit the village. The
problem is also no longer all one way as the traffic levels going
the other way towards Kings Lynn have seen a marked increase.
demonstration is the latest step in an ongoing campaign going back
to the early nineties to try to get the County Council to address the problem. The present
Parish Council are equally frustrated that the County Council have
acknowledged after numerable studies that there is a problem, but
believe that it is neither bad nor dangerous enough to commit
funds the necessary funds to help
the village. The Parish Council are aware that the County feels it
is more of a summer season problem, but the Council states that
whilst that may well have been true a decade ago, the holiday
season in the area has lengthened considerably. Weekend visitors
come all the year round, often Hunstanton is as busy on a Winter
Sunday afternoon as it is on a week day in High Season.
Councillors are inviting members of the public to join them in
this demonstration. The demonstration’s theme “Free The Heacham 5000”, referring to Heacham’s population is
light hearted, but underlines the “trapped” feeling of many
enquiries Heacham Parish Council - The Clerk - 01485 572142