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Newsagent given briefing on roads

CONCERNS EASED: East Ipswich News and Convenience Store licensee Marie Sheppard outside the well-known Glebe Rd store.
CONCERNS EASED: East Ipswich News and Convenience Store licensee Marie Sheppard outside the well-known Glebe Rd store. David Nielsen

THE newsagent whose business will be forced to close by the Norman St Bridge project says she's satisfied after a briefing with Ipswich City Council.

Infrastructure boss Cr Cheryl Bromage arranged to meet Marie Sheppard with a council officer when Mrs Sheppard raised concerns after reading about the council's plans for the new bridge. As the QT reported, stage one of the council's Norman St Bridge project would include closing Glebe Rd at the Fiveways.

East Ipswich News and Convenience Store has operated there since the 1960s and the news came as a shock to Mrs Sheppard. But yesterday she said she was satisfied after the lengthy briefing late last week.

"I was happy with what I was told. I felt better because I had many people telling me all different things," Mrs Sheppard said.

"People don't like change I suppose and they can't accept that it will happen.

"I felt better when I walked away. I always understood it had to happen; that we do need the bridge and the way the road is and the way Ipswich is growing, with the light changes, one of the options is closing Glebe Rd so there will be less cars going through that intersection."

Cr Bromage said she understood Mrs Sheppard's concerns and was happy to explain the project and the need to close Glebe Rd.

"We went through the whole project with her including the bridge and why we need the right-hand turning lane," she said.

"It was very amicable. We spent about an hour and a half with her and went through absolutely everything. We're happy to have further meetings if she has more concerns."

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