Joint approach is needed to tackle hit list of problems

PUBLISHED: 10:00 29 November 2013

Portishead High Street

Portishead High Street


GRAFFITI, speeding vehicles, dangerous parking, antisocial behaviour and dog mess were just some of the issues discussed at a special meeting held in Portishead.

Residents packed the Folk Hall to talk about issues in the town that concern them, in a meeting organised by the town council.

In addition to the town councillors, district councillors, North Somerset Council officers and representatives from the police, schools, local clubs and businesses were invited to attend in an attempt to improve life for people living in Portishead.

Speaking at the meeting, Cllr Reyna Knight said: “We have a list of issues that residents want dealt with but it can’t just be down to the town council, police or North Somerset Council to solve these problems. We need a joint effort with residents to find solutions.”

The town council has agreed to monitor the issues raised and press for action on many of the points.

Meanwhile, representatives from the various groups in attendance will report back to their organisations to see what improvements can be made.

The speeding and antisocial motoring problems are currently a police priority and will be discussed at the PACT public meeting at the Folk Hall at 7pm tomorrow (Thurs).

The PACT chairman is liaising with North Somerset Council’s highways department and the police in an attempt to permanently slow traffic in identified trouble spots and proposals have been put forward for the installation of a gate to Wyndham Way retail park to stop boy racers using the car parks outside of trading hours.

North Somerset Council is looking at introducing 20mph speed limits near schools and Cllr David Pasley is calling for more parking restrictions close to schools.

The town council will report the outcome of action taken on the issues on its website.

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