Campaign against road continues in village amid JSP ‘pause’
PUBLISHED: 06:55 14 August 2019
A village group will ‘continue to campaign for its cause’ after proposals for a major road through the parish were plunged into doubt.
Tickenham Road Action Group (TRAG) sent submissions to the West of England Combined Authority (WECA) in preparation for hearings in the autumn as part of the Joint Spatial Plan (JSP).
TRAG, formed in February in response to the authority's Joint Local Transport Plan, and its document sets out arguments against the proposal to build a road across The Causeway, which connects Nailsea to Tickenham.
A long-term link road from Nailsea to junction 20, which was included as an option in stage two of the transport programme, has been championed by the group instead.
However, the Times reported last week the JSP, which earmarks 25,000 homes for North Somerset by 2036 with associated transport plans for its roads, could be withdrawn following a series of examination hearings held last month.
Further hearings, which were scheduled for September and October to address Nailsea and Backwell specifically as housing sites, will no longer take place.
TRAG was ready to attend those hearings and submit its arguments against the proposals.
The group's chairman, Bruce Campbell, told the Times this was 'good news', but the campaigning will continue.
He said: "It seems the planning inspectors have been told to 'go back to the drawing board', which is good news for us and the people of Tickenham.
"However, we are taking nothing for granted and will be monitoring developments very carefully.
"We will continue to campaign for our cause as no doubt this will come back, this is a temporary pause to the JSP process."
TRAG had produced a report analysing traffic flows using independent figures, which show traffic through the village will reach maximum capacity by 2020 at peak times which they were due to present at the hearings.
The proposed road in Tickenham would have meant people living in the 3,200 houses planned for Nailsea and Backwell would have travelled through the village to access the M5.
Ward councillor Nigel Ashton and MP Liam Fox, who lives in the village, have previously voiced their support of the group's plans.
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