Council ‘frustrated’ it cannot spend money on improvements to the town

PUBLISHED: 16:00 07 December 2018

Nailsea Station Road car park. Poor state of car park and hazardous pedestrian walkways.     

Picture: MARK ATHERTON

Nailsea Station Road car park. Poor state of car park and hazardous pedestrian walkways. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

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Councillors in Nailsea are frustrated their attempts to spend money on improvements to the town have fallen on deaf ears.

Nailsea Station Road car park. Poor state of car park and hazardous pedestrian walkways.     

Picture: MARK ATHERTONNailsea Station Road car park. Poor state of car park and hazardous pedestrian walkways. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

Nailsea Town Council has set aside £50,000 to make improvements to Station Road car park due to mounting concern about the state of the facility, which is owned by North Somerset Council.

Despite many approaches to the authority, the town council has still not been given the go-ahead to make improvements.

The council believes the repairs are now urgent as the pedestrian walkways from the car park have become ‘hazardous’.

Chairman David Packham said: “The car park is owned, regulated and monitored by North Somerset Council.

Nailsea Station Road car park. Poor state of car park and hazardous pedestrian walkways.     

Picture: MARK ATHERTONNailsea Station Road car park. Poor state of car park and hazardous pedestrian walkways. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

“Nevertheless, the town council has over a number of years expressed concern about the condition of the car park and has set aside £50,000 for improvements to the car park.

“Despite many approaches to North Somerset Council we have been unable to gain its interest in spending this money.

“Last September I wrote to Nigel Ashton asking him if he could arrange for his officers to meet with us and agree a range of improvements.

“I had not received any response from him and so in October I called his office and, through his personal assistant, asked him to respond.

Nailsea Station Road car park. Poor state of car park and hazardous pedestrian walkways.     

Picture: MARK ATHERTONNailsea Station Road car park. Poor state of car park and hazardous pedestrian walkways. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

“In response, he has asked the district councillors to meet with us to discuss the issue further.

“I am in the process of arranging this meeting but the town council is frustrated that it is unable to undertake improvements to our town which we are willing to fund.

“It is our view these improvements are urgently needed as the pedestrian walkways from the car park are hazardous for all users.”

Councillors also say the authority is not enforcing parking restrictions in the service road around the car park, causing delivery vehicles to use High Street which is ‘not appropriate’ for large vehicles.

More: Councillors raise parking concerns as long-awaited review begins.

Cllr Packham added: “We have asked North Somerset Council to place a 7.5-tonne weight limit on the High Street to prevent large and heavy lorries from travelling up it but again our requests are ignored.”

Nailsea Town Council is hoping the issues will be addressed during the parking review.

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