First phase of village road safety scheme to be finished by spring next year

PUBLISHED: 14:09 27 November 2019 | UPDATED: 16:48 27 November 2019

Long Aston Parish Council published plans to revitalise the village in March.Picture: Long Ashton Parish Council

Long Aston Parish Council published plans to revitalise the village in March.Picture: Long Ashton Parish Council

Long Ashton Parish Council

The first phase of a village enhancement scheme which will work to improve road safety is due to be complete by next spring.

Plans are taking shape in Long Ashton to create an 'attractive and vibrant' village centre, enforce traffic calming measures and make the area safer for pedestrians.

The area's village enhancement scheme (VES) was launched in March, and the first phase of the initiative will look to enforce a 20mph speed limit along part of Weston Road.

It will also impose parking restrictions at Lovelinch Gardens and additional road markings will be painted at Long Ashton Road's zebra crossing in the coming months.

Long Ashton Parish Council published the findings of its village enhancement scheme consultation this month, which revealed support for the project.

Long Ashton VES lead and parish councillor, Sheila Hardingham, said: "I am very pleased with villagers' responses to the consultation we launched in March.

"We've had comments flooding in which are so supportive of the scheme and the committee's efforts to address traffic calming issues in Long Ashton.

"It's been really helpful, and people care about these issues in the village."

Weston Road, which leads into Brocks Lane, will also be resurfaced, as well as a parking restriction imposed as part of the first phase of the scheme.

The road is home to businesses including Cohens Chemist and the village post office.

Finally, a 30mph speed limit will be moved closer to the village from Weston Road which connects with Wild Country Lane.

Sheila continued: "As part of the initiative, we're improving a footpath at Weston Road into Brocks Lane, as it's used by a lot of families to get to Birdwell School.

"We wanted to enforce parking restrictions in Lovelinch Gardens because of the numerous complaints the council has received about inconsiderate parking there over the years.

"We will also improve safety for pedestrians at the crossing at the top of Long Ashton Road, as families use this path to get to Northleaze School."

For more information about VES, visit www.longashtonparish

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