Backwell villagers oppose revised recycling plant plans for fear of traffic chaos
PUBLISHED: 18:08 25 March 2019
Revised plans which would see the footprint of an industrial development in Backwell increase by approximately 40 per cent have been met with anger from villagers who feel they will create chaos on already struggling roads and pose danger to schoolchildren.
The proposals, which are under consultation until April 14, would see access to the Coles Quarry recycling plant rerouted onto Church Town, complete with improvements to the access road as well as the creation of 15 new industrial units.
The plans, which were initially backed by Backwell Parish Council in 2014 and incorporated into the village’s neighbourhood plan, have currently received 29 comments, including 27 objections from villagers who believe the new larger development will lead to increased traffic on both Church Lane, and Dark Lane, endangering children walking to school and will encroach on the greenbelt.
One Dark Lane homeowner claimed the plans would make it ‘impossible’ for children to cross the road to the nearby Backwell Junior School safely.
They said: “The increase in traffic that this development will bring could make it completely impossible for our children and others down the road to cross safely.
“The road is blocked twice a day at school start and finishing times so the traffic would be awful and back right to the main road and beyond at these already extremely busy times.
Another commentator said both Church Lane and Dark Lane are not ‘suitable for a significant increase in traffic.’
They said: “Dark Lane is narrow and only has pavement on one side.
“During school pickup and drop-off times, parking on this road creates gridlock, with cars and lorries unable to navigate through the lines of parked cars.
“This is at a time when hundreds of small children are walking to and from school, and the existing lorries already pose a great risk to them.
“Any increase in traffic would make this situation worse.”
At a parish council meeting, on March 7, despite several villagers raising objections to the plans, councillors voted to delay their response until the next full council meeting on April 4 in order to meet the developers.