Bypass may be costly but would protect the village, council leader says
PUBLISHED: 16:06 07 March 2019 | UPDATED: 16:19 07 March 2019
Proposed roads which would cut through a parish would cause ‘mayhem’ to commuters and villagers alike, according to North Somerset Council’s leader.
As part of the Joint Local Transport Plan, a road from the western end of Queens Road in Nailsea, to the B3130, joining at a point near Washing Pound Lane in Tickenham could be built.
But Tickenham’s councillor Nigel Ashton shared the view of the Tickenham Road Action Group (TRAG) by wanting a long-term link road from Nailsea to junction 20 instead.
The route aims to provide ‘a circuitous route through both Tickenham and Clevedon to junction 20 of the M5’, with the estimated construction date being 2027-29.
There are also proposals for a haul road across The Causeway to Church Lane as part of a separate project.
Speaking at a public meeting on Monday, Cllr Ashton said: “We need to show the Government we have looked at other options and ruled them out before opting for our preferred choice.
“The route would cause mayhem in Tickenham with more heavy goods vehicles coming down the already narrow streets.
“Maybe it will cost £5million more to build but in 20 years time people will look back and ask why did we not do it.
“If we build a Tickenham bypass, which comes out somewhere sensible in Nailsea and misses out Tickenham, then we will not destroy the village.”
A council report estimates at peak times an additional 150-300 cars would use the proposed road, but people argued the village already struggles with the daily volume of traffic.
TRAG aims to arrange regular meetings with council officers after Cllr Ashton admitted the authority knows ‘very little in detail’ about the specifics of the road plans at this stage.
Cllr Ashton added: “We would look silly if we spent £1million looking at other possibilities.
“We need to lobby the Government to provide the required infrastructure.
“People need to respond to the consultation to allow us to get on with the Tickenham bypass so we can put aside money for resources.”
Public consultation on the transport plan ends on March 20.
To submit a response, log on to travelwest.info/projects/joint-local-transport-plan