Village plans new footpaths to help people access facilities

PUBLISHED: 15:00 01 October 2015

Photo by Andy Robbins.

Photo by Andy Robbins.

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Villagers in Barrow Gurney could soon have unhindered access to local facilities thanks to a new walkway through the centre of the parish.

The South Bristol Link Road is expected to cut the amount of traffic travelling through Barrow Gurney by half, making the village more accessible.

Barrow Gurney has been blighted by congestion for years as an increasing number of people use the roads to commute to the city and access Bristol Airport.

With work on the new link road in full swing, Barrow Gurney Parish Council is now planning to take advantage of the reduction in traffic and build new footpaths through the village.

The council is holding a consultation to give people a chance to view the plans on October 30-31 in the village hall, Barrow Street, and members are keen to hear what people think of the proposals.

Chairman Eric Gates said: “We did a consultation three years ago and at that point the South Bristol Link Road was just a gleam in the eye.

“We’ve been working on the project since then and all being well it will be implemented in autumn next year at the same time as the link road.

“The new road is predicted to reduce the flow of traffic by half so there will be fewer cars around.

“It will give us the opportunity to move around the village freely. The pub, the post office, the village green and hall will be accessible for people and it will be a boost for them as well.”

Councillors are also looking at ways to stop drivers from continuing to cut through the village.


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