Improvements to popular events space entrance will ‘improve road safety’

PUBLISHED: 06:55 23 January 2019

The 159th North Somerset Show. Picture: Jeremy Long

The 159th North Somerset Show. Picture: Jeremy Long

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Owners of a site used to host popular events and celebrations want to improve access to it.

The Bristol Road entrance to North Somerset Showground. Picture: GoogleThe Bristol Road entrance to North Somerset Showground. Picture: Google

North Somerset Agricultural Society wants to make changes to the main Bristol Road entrance of North Somerset Showground in Wraxall.

The site, in Bathing Pond Fields, hosts events such as Dig For Victory and the North Somerset Show on weekends which attract thousands of visitors from across the country.

The society, which bought the 140-acre showground in 2003, wants to improve the central access by setting back the access gates from the edge of the highway.

North Somerset Show.North Somerset Show.

Bosses also want to remove 20 metres of hedging to improve visibility for vehicles getting into and out of the grounds.

Complaints had been received at events after vans and delivery vehicles struggled to turn and use the entrance.

A society spokesman said: “The gates are dangerous as a vehicle has to park on the road while they are opened and closed, which then restricts visibility in both directions, leaving the driver with only 15-20 metres of view.

“Setting the gates back 12.4 metres from the road will enable vehicles to pull off the road when the gates are opened and similarly when leaving the site, which will improve road safety on show days and for farming activity.

“There are times when access to the central block of land and building is needed when sheep are grazing, making it difficult to access the central part of the land.

“Planting a new hedge behind the sight lines will provide visibility in each direction in excess of 90 metres, a significant safety improvement.”

An additional 400sq.m of tarmac will be laid down to directly link to the track which will prevent lorries skidding in heavy mud.

The site falls partly within the parishes of Wraxall and Flax Bourton and the idea has been backed by both parish councils.

The society aims to make the improvements before the 160th North Somerset Show on May 6.

Hundreds of businesses and exhibitors from across the region will demonstrate their rural skills by providing axe wielding, gundog handling and wood carving classes for visitors.

Dig For Victory, which celebrates life in 1940s Britain, will undertake a fallow year this summer and return in 2020.

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