Councils appeal for improved roads before new homes
PUBLISHED: 17:00 11 February 2017
Village leaders in Tickenham are appealing for a new road to be constructed from the Long Ashton bypass to the M5 before any new homes are built.
Tickenham Parish Council is worried the hundreds of new homes which could be built in Nailsea over the next 20 years would put huge pressure on village roads which are already congested.
The authority has been contacting neighbouring councils to see if they will support a collective appeal to North Somerset Council.
Parish council chairman, Bruce Ralfs said: “At a recent meeting of Tickenham Parish Council, concernwas expressed that little, if any, consideration has been given by developers to the effect proposed developments in Nailsea would have on roads through neighbouring villages.
“The council feels strongly that before such development takes place, adequate transport provision should be in place.
“The council believes that such provision would be met by the construction of a new road from the Long Ashton bypass to J20 of the M5 – something which was mooted many years ago but which never materialised.”
A further 3,600 homes could be built in Nailsea and Backwell between now and 2036 to cope with the huge demand for new homes.
The proposal is part of the Joint Spatial Plan, which has been drawn up by North Somerset, Bristol, Bath and North East Somerset and South Gloucestershire councils which sets out how the region will develop over the next 20 years.
A new link road between Nailsea and the M5 has also been proposed, but parish and town councils believe road improvements need to be in place before the homes are built.
Cllr Ralfs added: “The B3130 is the main link from Nailsea to the motorway and it’s already a problem.
“Our concern is the increased volume of traffic these developments are going to create.”
Representatives from Nailsea, Backwell, Wraxall and Failand, Yatton and Tickenham parish and town councils have agreed to meet up to discuss the issue and decide what action to take.