Cuts to safety improvements on road where blind man was hit
PUBLISHED: 07:45 22 February 2018
North Somerset Council has cut the amount of funding it agreed to pay to make safety improvements along a busy road in Nailsea after a blind man was seriously injured.
The authority and Nailsea Town Council agreed to split the cost of a project to improve safety along Queens Road equally – up to a maximum of £50,000 each.
But North Somerset Council has since capped its share at £35,000, meaning fewer improvements will be made.
Town council clerk, Ian Morrell said: “The arrangement between the town council and North Somerset Council regarding safety improvements on Queens Road was to share the costs equally, to a maximum of £50,000 each.
“The proposed works are expected to cost £77,750.
“However, the North Somerset Council contribution has now been capped at £35,000. On the current estimate, this meant the town council contribution would needed to have been £42,750 for the agreed scope of works.”
Nailsea Town Council and North Somerset Council officers have drawn up a number of improvements for the road including building new islands and extending existing ones to ensure they are at least 2m wide.
A North Somerset Council spokesman said: “We have worked closely with Nailsea Town Council on this scheme.
“After negotiations, the scheme costs have been capped at £70,000 with the costs being split 50:50.
“The works are under way and we expect them to be completed in around four weeks.”
Mr Morrell added: “The safety improvements to Queens Road have been under discussion for a long time, and have been a priority for the town council.
“Based on original estimates of the costs, the town council had budgeted £50,000, on the proviso that North Somerset Council matched the contribution.
“Both parties worked closely on the agreed scheme, which came to a total cost of £77,500.
“North Somerset Council was only able to fund £35,000, which the town council has matched, meaning some cost savings on the works have had to be made.”