Leaders call for ‘urgent’ road repairs

PUBLISHED: 08:00 03 March 2015

Cllrs Arthur Taylor and Donald Davies looking at the state of the road surface.

Cllrs Arthur Taylor and Donald Davies looking at the state of the road surface.


Urgent repairs are needed on an ‘extremely busy’ road in Pill according to community leaders.

Pill Road, which runs past St Katherine’s School, is littered with potholes and is still awaiting repairs despite it being extremely busy at the start and end of the school day.

Pill and Easton-in-Gordano Parish councillors have made a number of calls for repairs to be carried out but have been told by North Somerset engineers it is not high on the priority list.

Parish councillor, Arthur Taylor, said: “Pill Parish Council has raised the condition of the road outside St Katherine’s School with North Somerset Council on a number of occasions.

“Our view is that despite the engineers’ view, this section of road is extremely dangerous.

“It only requires one car to swerve to avoid one of the potholes when children are arriving or leaving school for a serious accident to occur.

“We agree that all our roads are in a dreadful state but surely those outside schools need special attention.”

Pill Road, which actually lies in the parish of Abbots Leigh, is the main route into and out of Pill both for general traffic and bus services.

Cllr Elfan Ap Rees, North Somerset’s executive member for transport and highways, said: “Engineers who have visited the site confirm that the road is in need of more work than simple pothole patching, but we are expecting funding in 2015/2016 for a large-scale patching budget to deliver repairs to roads such as Pill Road.”

North Somerset Council claims that so far in this fiscal year it has carried out 10,000 pothole repairs, spent £6million on resurfacing and £600,000 on reactive maintenance but Cllr Ap Rees said more needed to be done.

He said: “I am hoping the council will approve a major multi-year road maintenance budget which will allow us to better plan works and to actually get ahead of the maintenance deficit across the district instead of just trying to stay afloat.

“In that context, Pill Road has a much better chance of being repaired, as we will no longer be faced with constant firefighting.”

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