THE results of a review into Clevedon's active travel scheme on The Beach and Hill Road have been announced.

The findings were presented at a public meeting in Christchurch on Chapel Hill yesterday evening (Monday, November 20).

Over 300 people were expected to attend, many of whom brought tickets online, at Clevedon Library and on the door.

The review, which was lead by transport design and engineering experts AECOM, was launched to address concerns raised by local people and businesses.

This includes concerns over parking, access for disabled people, and the impact that the changes have had on trade.

One of the frustrations that residents share is motorists who park illegally and inconsiderately in The Beach and Hill Road areas, which can make it difficult for local people to leave their homes.

The review report has been supportive of many elements of the scheme, such as the 20mph zone, the way one system and the improvements made to Hill Road.

The report also details a number of recommendations. These include:

  • Removing parallel parking and replacing it with angled sea-facing parking on The Beach;
  • Removing the two-way cycle path and replacing it with a contraflow cycle path to the eastern side of The Beach;
  • Introducing a coach pick up/drop off point and loading bay and formal pedestrian crossing on The Beach;
  • Making changes to the mini roundabout on The Beach. 

Cllr Mike Bell, the leader of North Somerset Council, said: "Throughout this process we have been committed to being open about the findings which is why we are sharing the report’s results with the community as soon as it's available and giving them the opportunity to ask questions about the findings.

"We will also ensure that any decisions about what we do next will be made in public."

Cllr Hannah Young, North Somerset Council's executive member with responsibility for active travel, added: "Thank you to AECOM for their thorough, detailed report and to the community for sharing their views.

"We are reviewing the recommendations closely and will come forward quickly with proposals for the Executive to consider."

The recommendations will be considered at the next council Executive meeting on Wednesday, December 6, at 2.30pm. The meeting, which will be open to the public, will take place at Weston's Town Hall.