Access opinions sought

PUBLISHED: 12:00 20 February 2015

Adrian Williams, double amputee, stuck in his home due to narrow pavements in Flax Bourton.

Adrian Williams, double amputee, stuck in his home due to narrow pavements in Flax Bourton.

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AN AMBITIOUS proposal to provide safer access and a new bus stop for people living in Flax Bourton needs support to become a reality.

People living in park homes at Kingcott Mill Farm, off Clevedon Road, have been asking for a new bus stop and safer access to the site which is on the bend of a busy commuter route with narrow pavements.

Adrian Williams (pictured right), a double amputee, says he has become a prisoner in his own home as he is unable to use the nearby pavements or reach a bus stop safely.

North Somerset councillor Bob Cook has come up with a proposal to build a safer access road to the west of the site and a new bus stop.

The entrance would also include a footpath to take people to a safe spot where they can cross the road to reach the bus stop on the other side.

The park owner, Tony Atherton, has agreed to the plan as long as the majority of residents support it.

Cllr Cook said: “For many years I’ve been talking to the people who live there.

“The things that come up are bad access and they wanted to be able to get to the bus stop and the post box.

“It’s clear for all to see that the access to the park homes is unsuitable on safety grounds so to get to a bus stop can be stressful.

“My proposal was to create a new access so there’s a bus stop there. There would also be a footpath going the other way to take people to a safe place to cross the road to the other bus stop.

“If enough people agree to support the proposal in principal, the owner has said he will do it.”

Cllr Cook sent a letter to all 42 residents on the site and people living in Clevedon Road in 2013 to find out if they were supportive of a new entrance, but he received a mixed response.

He is now asking for a final yes or no so the owner can move forward with the proposal or forget it.

Tony Atherton, who owns Kingcott Mill Farm, said he would not charge residents for the new access, but would 
be keen to add a few more homes to the site to cover the cost of the work.

Mr Atherton said: “I have lived 
here nearly 78 years and it’s been alright but the trouble is there’s so much 
more traffic now than years ago.

“I could put a new access in, but it would cost hundreds of thousands of pounds, so I would need the majority to agree.”

To voice your views, contact Cllr Cook at bob.cook@n-somerset.gov.uk or call 01275 392518.


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