Neil Cotton, left, with West Norfolk Mayor Geoff Hipperson and MP Elizabeth Truss at the Tottenhill Retail Park. Pictures: Ian Burt

South West Norfolk MP Elizabeth Truss has said county highways officials “need to address” a stretch of road outside a retail park.

Neil Cotton, who owns Tottenhill Retail Park, is calling for a speed reduction on the section of road alongside the site to from 60mph to 40mph.

“The A10 is a terrifying road,” said Mr Cotton. “I have got plenty of space on here for businesses but I will never get permission to expand while it’s the national speed limit. It’s too dangerous turning in and out of the retail park.”

Ms Truss, secretary of state for international trade, visited the site and met with Mr Cotton, West Norfolk Mayor Geoffrey Hipperson and Norfolk County Council highways officials on Friday.

They discussed safety concerns accessing the retail park and the nearby Watlington/Tottenhill crossroad and speeding on the A10.

Liz Truss MP met with the mayor, Tottenhill Retail Park retailers and highways representatives to discuss concerns about the entrance and exit from the A10 to the site.

Ms Truss said she was very pleased to meet Mr Cotton and said: “He has significant ambitions for the site with existing tenant Circle Waste planning to expand, creating 40 new jobs. 

“However a key concern for Neil and councillor Hipperson is the speed of vehicles on the A10 and subsequent access to the retail park. 

“Standing at the entrance, adjacent to the road, I fully understand their concerns and believe this is an issue the county council needs to address. 

“Future job creation could be held back by a highway’s restriction, as well as the issue of road safety –  this is extremely frustrating for all concerned.”

Ms Truss has vowed to contact the head of highways to see what measures could be taken to improve the situation.