May 2, 2009
pavement protesters cause chaos for holiday motorists
150 protesters held a disruptive protest in Berrow on Saturday
morning (May 2nd) as villagers stepped up their campaign to get
safety improvements introduced Coast Road.
Local Action Team organised the protest march to cause maximum
disruption to motorists on one of the area's busiest weekends
of the year in order to pile pressure on
Somerset County Council to
introduce a pavement along the busy road.
queues of up to four miles of stationery traffic built up along
Coast Road in both directions to Berrow and Burnham by lunchtime
as the 150 protesters walked slowly along the road between Berrow
Church and the triangle besides Berrow Brewery.
have long campaigned for additional safety measures for the route,
which is busy with thousands of tourists during the summer months.
MP, David Heathcoat-Amory, has previously given his support to
the campaign, and a message of support was read to the crowd by
Local Action Team Chairman Ken May at the
beginning of Saturday's march.
Local Action Team Chairman Ken May told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "The
issue of the Coast Road has dragged on for years, with a wholly
inappropriate and totally unacceptable response from the County
Council. We are going to change that."
is the first of many and increasingly more frequent and longer
protests being planned throughout the holiday season. We
are going to cause as much disruption to traffic flows as possible
so that our case will be addressed and resolved."
residents are absolutely exasperated at the complacency and ineptitude
displayed. It's OK for Somerset to address urban issues, but there's
been no mention of rural ones."
here for more photos of Saturday's protest at Berrow
CAMPAIGNER JOINS THE MARCH
Studley, 95, was the oldest campaigner at Saturday's protest
told Burnham-On-Sea.com outside Berrow Church: "Something
needs to be done to increase safety here."
a very dangerous road for young and old people alike, particularly
during the holiday season."
waved her placard, which stated 'We need our footpath now'
as she was pushed along in a wheelchair by her family during
Saturday's march along Coast Road.
photos of Saturday's protest at Berrow
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