protesters issue fresh challenge to county councillors
campaigners in Berrow who are calling for a new pavement to be
introduced along a dangerous stretch of road in the village will
hold their first protest march of the year next month and they
have also challenged county councillors from across the region
to join them and see for themselves how dangerous it is.
Local Action Team is to hold the protest on Saturday 1st May,
starting at 11am from outside Berrow Church, as part of their
long-running campaign to get a new pavement introduced along Coast
previous May protest, pictured here in
2009, caused huge disruption to motorists during one of the
area's busiest weekends for tourists of the year.
march is being held amid fresh hopes that Somerset
County Council will
re-consider its decision not to introduce a pavement along the
Local Action Team Chairman Ken May has written to all county councillors
this week, challenging them to attend the protest march.
writes: "Some years ago funding was earmarked to complete
this last bit of pavement. For whatever reason the County Council
saw fit to appropriate the funding elsewhere."
then, various protests and representations to the County Council
have failed to resolve the situation and the project remains uncompleted.
We are aware that you will be considering the appropriation of
funding from the next Local Transport Plan. Berrow Local Action
Team invites each and every one of you to attend our next protest
walk on May 1st."
be aware that County Councilors have previously refused to attend
these protest walks because they have considered it 'too dangerous!'
Only by seeing and experiencing the plight of pedestrians using
this road will you appreciate the need for your action."
continues: "You cannot continue to ignore this issue. There
have been several minor accidents and untold numbers of near misses
involving pedestrians. To placate those of you of a nervous disposition,
the protest walk will be policed with traffic control measures
temporarily in place."
Mr May finishes his letter by challenging: "Please give just
one hour of your time; I know some of you are some distance away
from Berrow, but when you walk the walk, you'll see the need."
has covered all the protests over several years and will
also be attending May's event.
queues of traffic built up during last year's protest march