Bypass needed for Congresbury?

PUBLISHED: 08:00 24 August 2015

Congresbury High Street.

Congresbury High Street.


A letter asking for a bypass around Congresbury has been sent to North Somerset Council.

Letter writer Ken Richardson, of Venus Street, believes it would improve traffic flow on the A370 and will be necessary if new homes are built in the village.

He wrote to Congresbury Parish Council and it agreed to forward his views on to North Somerset.

Mr Richardson suggests a bypass could run between the junction of Smallway and the A370 along to another section of the A370, close to the junction with Church Drive.

He also raised concerns the overall impact of numerous housing developments in Congresbury and Yatton – such as Barratt Homes’ plan for 80 houses off Brinsea Road, which will be decided at an appeal in October – is not being properly evaluated.

Mr Richardson’s letter said: “The contribution of all the developments proposed along the A370 corridor cannot be ignored.

“The creation of a bypass was (suggested) some years ago by the parish council when North Somerset Council was considering a link road from the A370 to the A38. I’d ask the parish council to consider the future on a long-term basis – knee-jerk responses will only create further problems.”

The idea mirrors calls for a bypass around Yatton which have been going on for years, but the chances of a road being built from the A370 to Arnolds Way look highly unlikely.

Congresbury councillor Arthur Hacking said: “We need to look very seriously at the impact of individual housing plans – by the time we add all the Yatton developments together we have changed the whole nature of the area.

“I know a bypass will be the long-term answer but in the interim, we must look at the overall impact of developments.

“North Somerset district councillor Tom Leimdorfer does say ‘let’s look at the totality of what is being proposed’ – but I do not know how we get around this issue and look at them all together.”

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