Speeding remains in villages despite limits falling

PUBLISHED: 07:00 26 September 2018

Parish councillors want warning signs to be installed in Bristol Road. Picture: Jeremy Long

Parish councillors want warning signs to be installed in Bristol Road. Picture: Jeremy Long

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Parish councillors feel more needs to be done to stop speeding in two villages.

The Times reported in June that Wraxall and Failand Parish Council wanted a roundabout and quiet lanes to be introduced before the Joint Spatial Plan (JSP) housing developments expected to begin in the area in 2025.

Houses will be built in Nailsea, and Backwell, plus in new villages outside Banwell and Churchill, if the plan is adopted as expected.

These would result in increased commuter traffic to and from Bristol daily.

Speed limits on Beggar Bush Lane and Belmont Hill in Failand were reduced from the national limit to 50mph in June, and sections of the B3130 and B3128 fell from 60mph to 40mph.

The parish council put in a request to North Somerset Council for a sign to be installed warning of the changed speed limits, but the authority responded by saying there are ‘no such signs to advise of a change in speed limit’.

Vehicle activated signs are due to be installed in Wraxall before winter to discourage motorists from driving too fast down narrow country lanes.

MORE: Lower speed limits planned for ‘concerning’ commuter roads.

Speaking at a parish council meeting, Cllr Ian Malpas referred to traffic issues in Wraxall on the B3130 between the Battleaxes pub and Wraxall Primary School, both in Bristol Road.

He said: “Other villages in North Somerset have clear warning signs stating single carriageway ahead or a white line painted in the centre of the road where the road narrows considerably.

“Motorists need to be warned as they will be travelling from quite a wide stretch of road to a much narrower section where there may be large vehicles approaching them in the centre of the road.

“There is nothing in the JSP suggesting improvements to the traffic problems in both Wraxall and Failand.”

Cllr Malpas also stated gutters in Bristol Road are not being cleared by North Somerset Council and passing cars are spraying the walls, causing the mortar to wash out and the walls to decay.

He added: “There is no pavement so pedestrians cannot safely clear the leaves away themselves.

“The road itself is actually becoming narrower, on the uphill side dirt and debris runs off and collects on the side which causes vegetation to grow.

“It was resurfaced three years ago but the problems remain.”

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