July 27, 2011
defends timing of major roadworks along busy town road
Somerset County Council has this week defended its decision
to carry out five weeks of major roadworks along a key route through
Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge at the height of the tourist season.
Burnham Road will be partially closed from 1st August to 2nd
September while the council's highways team resurfaces pavements.
Cllr Chris Williams, whose ward includes the affected road, told
Burnham-On-Sea.com: "The County Council only informed us
six days ago it was going to carry out this work and didn't give
us a chance to say it would be more sensible to carry it out during
the autumn when the town is quieter."
"More notice would have been appreciated. While motorists
will be disrupted by the work, we have been assured that Burnham
Road will be open at all times and that traffic lights will be
used to keep traffic flowing."
A Somerset County Council spokesman told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"Work has been scheduled during the school holidays during
off peak times to minimise disruption to traffic."
"The work is to resurface the footway, which is in a poor
condition. Temporary traffic lights will be in place from 9.30am
to 4.00pm and one lane will be closed when the work is being done.
A lane has to be closed to accommodate the heavy machinery."
Highbridge County Councillor John Woodman added: "It's always
very difficult to carry out roadworks with the least inconvenience.
It is impossible to get it 100% right for everyone, but in this
case the safety of children at King Alfred School has been the
top priority, which should be reassuring to parents."