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Village Enhancement Scheme
For some years, many residents have made it clear in
consultations that they would like two things for the village:
The traffic consultant, Ben Hamilton Baillie, has drawn
attention to the fact that before the by-pass was built, the main road was the principal
route between Bristol and Weston. (A copy of his report can be seen here.) When the bypass was opened in 1967, our road
was left very much as it was and never re-designed as a village road: the
priority is still given to enabling a lot of traffic to get through quickly with
little thought for access within the village and the safety of pedestrians.
We would like to make the village more useable for those not
in a car, especially children. That could mean slowing traffic speeds,
introducing more crossing points, re-imagining what the shopping area could
How about widening the footways in some places so that
pedestrians don’t have to criss-cross the road to find a wide-enough pavement?
Could the pubs and businesses be more visible and look more welcoming? Could
the wide sweep of the road as you arrive from Bristol be narrowed to emphasise
the village gateway – and slow traffic entering the village?
A group has now started to
look at the detail of what is practical, realistic and achievable. There may be
difficult decisions about parking and traffic calming; so residents and
businesses will be at the heart of discussing the scheme.
Once there is an agreed plan,
funding will have to be found. It is most likely to be implemented in
stages. Much consultation will be needed so residents
and retailers will have a chance to have their say as the plan is drawn up.
If you would like further information about the working group please contact the clerk. Further information will be posted here as ideas and plans develop.