Plans for high street revamp revealed

PUBLISHED: 07:00 07 March 2019 | UPDATED: 14:51 07 March 2019

Long Ashton Parish Council have plans to revitalise the village.	Picture: Long Ashton parish Council

Long Ashton Parish Council have plans to revitalise the village. Picture: Long Ashton parish Council

Long Ashton Parish Council

Tens of thousands of pounds looks set to be spent on revitalising a village, which could see a 20mph speed limit introduced in its centre.

Weston Road in Long Ashton.Weston Road in Long Ashton.

Long Ashton may benefit from a £30,000 facelift to improve the safety and attractiveness of the village centre, its parish council has revealed.

The first stage of the enhancement scheme has been published this month, and people are now being invited to comment on the plans.

This comes after villagers have voiced their concerns to the council about wanting to see vehicles travelling slower through the centre of Long Ashton, mainly in Weston Road.

They are also hoping for a safer pathway for pedestrians and to see a more vibrant village centre.

A number of traffic-calming measures are set to come into force if the plans go ahead, including a reduced speed limit through the village main road to 20mph, and raising a pedestrian crossing outside of the Co-op.

The authority also wants to make improvements to pavements, restrict parking outside of a school and put in multiple safety signs in Long Ashton’s Weston Road.

The Village Enhancement Scheme (VES) is set to be funded by Long Ashton Parish Council and was designed when a neighbourhood plan was put together in 2013.

The parish hopes North Somerset Council will start work on the scheme from April next year.

Spokesman for the VES working group, Cllr Sheila Hardingham, said: “People living in the village are telling us a traffic-calming scheme is long overdue.

“People want Long Ashton’s shopping area, which runs through the main road, to be more welcoming to pedestrians.

“If the plans are supported it means a 20mph limit will be introduced and village crossings will be made safer as a result.

“These proposals are only the first phase and we know more needs to be done.

“The parish council will continue its discussions with North Somerset about future plans, and more funding is being sought for the scheme.”

The VES public consultation ends on March 31.

To submit your comments, email clerk@longashton

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