at latest pavement protest march in Berrow
100 angry campaigners in Berrow held their first protest march
of the year on Saturday (May 1st) to place more pressure on Somerset
County Council to introduce a new pavement along Coast Road.
Local Action Team organised the protest, which started at 11am
outside Berrow Church, and saw the large group of banner-waving
villagers march along Coast Road.
MP David Heathcoat-Amory also gave his support to the protest
by attending the march.
Ken May, who is Berrow Local Action Team Chairman, told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"We had our highest turnout yet with lots of support from
"Motorists also showed their support, despite the queues,
by tooting their horns and giving us the thumbs up. We were also
pleased to have the MP in attendance too. It was successful in
reminding people that a new pavement is urgently needed here."
Local Action Team Chairman Ken May had written to all county councillors,
challenging them to attend the protest march and yet only local
County Councillor Alan Ham attended.
turnout by the county councillors was disappointing - it seems
that decisions on schemes like this is being centralised into
the hands of a few County Council cabinet members rather than
the councillors themselves."
Heathcoat-Amory said: "I have attended all the previous marches
and I am convinced of the need for this road improvement, cancelled
by the last Somerset County Council administration."
long line of protesters left Berrow Church to march along Coast
protest caused disruption to motorists during one of the area's
busiest weekends of the year