Council pleads for traffic calming methods before housing development
PUBLISHED: 07:00 10 June 2018
A roundabout and the introduction of quiet lanes in Wraxall and Failand should be considered before 2025, according to its parish council.
The ideas come in response to the Joint Spatial Plan (JSP) which has earmarked housing developments across North Somerset including in Nailsea, Backwell, Banwell and Churchill, which will result in increased commuter traffic to and from Bristol daily.
To deal with increased traffic through Wraxall which new homes in Nailsea would bring, the parish council wants the JSP to introduce quiet lanes to the narrow and minor roads around Failand to discourage their use as ‘rat runs’ by commuters.
It has requested the Joint Transport Strategy (JTS) constructs a roundabout at the junction of B3128 with Portbury Lane, which is heavily used by commuters and visitors to Tyntesfield House, in Wraxall, and Bristol Airport.
Tony Jay, parish council clerk, said: “Our concern is there has not been sufficient analysis of the impact on the rural road network, as commuters may find public transport will not be a timely and cost-effective option for their place of work, and motorists will not be constrained to use the main road network.
“It is highly optimistic to think there will be a significant increase in the use of public transport because of the JSP as a lot of motorists already use narrow roads in Failand as rat runs.
“There is an assumption the transport infrastructure should be in place before housing development starts in 2025, which we consider to be vital.
“Having a link road around the settlement boundary on the north and east side of Nailsea, which falls in our parish boundaries, would be a welcomed idea.”
At its annual meeting, the parish council stated it believes The Vale development to be ‘considerably more sustainable’ as homes would be built closer to ‘areas of significant employment’. The Vale is a 4,500-home proposal by Taylor Wimpey between Long Ashton and Barrow Gurney.
It also raised concerns about the visual and environmental impact which any transport corridor between Nailsea and Bristol will have on the ‘historic landscape’ of the area.
Problems surrounding noise pollution and agriculture use were also mentioned.