Council agrees Portishead safety improvements

PUBLISHED: 13:00 23 September 2018

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Hundreds of pounds will be spent on improving a busy road in Portishead.

Portishead Town Council has agreed to spend £749.42 to carry out a number of upgrades to Avon Way.

The road has long been a concern for residents with fears over fast-moving traffic – particularly heading down the hill – and drivers often parking outside their homes.

Following a meeting between North Somerset Council officers and Portishead town councillors, a way forward was agreed to improve the road’s safety.

Cllr Sue Mason says there was ‘concern’ about the poor visibility of signs in the road warning drivers of hazards including playing children.

She said: “We looked at everything very carefully and walked down and then back up.

“We looked at both sides of the road and where all of the signs were.

“We were also concerned because there was stuff we couldn’t see because there were hedges in the way.

“We were also concerned about putting a white slow sign on the road thinking that would be fine if there were no cars parked on that side, which there invariably are, so we asked if it could be put nearer the centre of the road so people should be able to see it as they drive down.”

The town council agreed to spend money on a painted slow sign on the road.

It will also pay for a sign to warn drivers of the nearby play area and to make it safer for people crossing in the area.

North Somerset officers will investigate repairing damaged barriers in the road.

Discussions also took place about the possibility of a crossing being installed in the road but North Somerset’s officers believed this would make it even harder for residents to park outside their homes.

Cllr Mason added: “One of the reasons why a crossing could not be installed is we are talking about either a pelican or zebra, we are not talking about lower pavements on both sides.

“North Somerset Council said no there would not be a crossing put in that area and the reason was if you put a crossing there you would then have the zig-zag lines either side which would then take out an awful lot of the residents’ parking there.

“I know there are various residents who would like a lot more than that.

“They have nowhere else to park as there is no other area around there.”

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