Parish council fears village will be 'inundated' if new road built

PUBLISHED: 06:58 12 December 2018 | UPDATED: 09:16 12 December 2018

Washing Pound Lane in Tickenham. Picture: Google

Washing Pound Lane in Tickenham. Picture: Google

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A parish council has strongly criticised a proposed road which would see its village 'inundated' with traffic.

The West of England Joint Spatial Plan Emerging Findings Transport Report contains a proposal for a road from the western end of Queens Road in Nailsea, to the B3130, joining it at a point near Washing Pound Lane in Tickenham.

This proposed route aims to provide ‘a circuitous and disruptive route through both Tickenham and Clevedon to junction 20 of the M5’.

It is included in stage two of the transport programme, with the construction date being given as between 2027-29.

North Somerset Council’s Local Plan 2036 includes more than 2,700 homes for Nailsea in addition to those developments already approved.

The transport report estimates at peak morning times an additional 150-300 cars would use the road to access Clevedon and the M5.

At its meeting on December 3, Tickenham Parish Council members expressed grave concerns, stating the proposal was ‘ill-conceived and totally unacceptable’.

The parish council’s preference is for a direct route from south west Nailsea to junction 20, rather than cutting through the village.

This is also included as an option in stage two of the transport programme with an indicative construction date of 2030-32 declared.

Parish council chairman Bruce Ralfs said: “We strongly object to this proposed road, Tickenham will be inundated with even more traffic.

“Such a route could easily be extended to both serve the southern edge of Nailsea and could link Nailsea and Backwell Railway Station with the A370, thus obviating the need for other transport options in those areas.

“It is essential a direct link road is provided from Nailsea to junction 20 and we urge North Somerset Council to treat this as 
a priority, co-terminous with the development in Nailsea.

“Tickenham is a small village which is already struggling with the volume of traffic going through it daily, this road will only worsen this problem.

“We urge all Tickenham residents to respond to the proposal and make their views known.”

To submit a response, contact Cllr Ralfs on 01275 853137.

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