Report by Tom Wright , Reporter
Saturday, May 26, 2012
A POPULAR school walking route will soon witness a serious accident according to one mother, who is concerned at North Somerset Council’s decision to delay new traffic calming measures for up to two years.
For months parents have lobbied Yatton Parish Council for something to be done to stop cars and lorries mounting the pavement and coming with inches of children.
This week parish clerk Crispin Taylor revealed no work would be done to change the layout of High Street between The Avenue and Barberry Farm Road for the foreseeable future.
He said: “North Somerset Council is considering resurfacing the footway of High Street and at the same time raising the kerb to the recommended level.
“However this work will mean closing the road to all traffic and it does not think it can justify this just for footway resurfacing and proposes waiting to do both in 2013/2014.”
Alison Winter, who has been one of a number of parents calling for urgent improvements, said it was not good enough.
She said: “At the end of the day somebody is going to get seriously hurt.”
She said she had been clipped by a car mounting the pavement before, which did not stop even when it knocked her mobile phone out of her hand and hit the windscreen.
But she welcomed news that lorries from local businesses would voluntarily slow to 20mph along the High Street.
She said: “I think it’s fantastic. We did a Speedwatch last week and the lorries were sticking to it.”