Group’s mission to improve ‘dominating’ village roads

PUBLISHED: 08:00 11 March 2016

The PACT group has tried to deal with traffic in Yatton for several years.

The PACT group has tried to deal with traffic in Yatton for several years.

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Villagers demanding safer roads and traffic calming measures in Yatton will ask the parish council to apply for thousands of pounds in funding to potentially improve traffic problems across the village.

The village’s Partners and Communities Together (PACT) group will present a briefing paper outlining its requests to Yatton Parish Council at its next meeting on Monday, which will urge the parish council to apply to the Department for Communities and Local Government for £8,000 to carry out a traffic survey.

If it goes ahead, the survey could assess whether a new bypass could be built from the north end of Yatton to the A370, on the western edge of Congresbury.

PACT has also stated in its proposal that it would also like to see speed limits of 20mph implemented in all new housing developments within the village, alongside a provision for safe pedestrian and cycle routes to the main village facilities.

The move comes after the village’s neighbourhood planning group conducted a separate survey to find out what people living in Yatton thought of life in their village.

More than 75 per cent of people who replied said traffic in Yatton had a negative impact upon their lives, while 81 per cent of people said lorries travelling through the village was also a major problem.

PACT’s report to the parish council said: “The parish council can no longer ignore the long-standing concerns raised by residents around the number and size of HGVs travelling through the High Street and transport management throughout the village.

“Vehicles are dominating and impacting on the quality of life in our community – doing nothing is not an option.”

PACT chairman, Rhiannon Prys-Owen, told PACT’s most recent meeting on February 25: “The parish council needs to take its head out of the sand and deal with this.

“There is too much evidence of discomfort among residents.

“To do this, we will need funds. We would like the parish council to apply to the Department of Local Government for £8,000 to undertake a traffic survey.”

PACT is also asking the parish council to consider implementing a traffic regulation order (TRO) within the village, which could see vehicle weight restrictions in Yatton relocated to new locations south of Arnolds Way and north of Frost Hill. This could potentially prevent lorries from using the High Street.

The plans will be proposed to the parish council at its meeting on Monday, which starts at 7.30pm at Hangstones Pavilion in Stowey Road.

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