May 30, 2011
Huntspill residents call for re-think on 'disruptive' allotments
group of concerned residents in West Huntspill say a quiet lane
running past their homes is being plagued by a 'constant stream
of noisy traffic' since the opening of dozens of new allotments
West Huntspill Allotment Society has introduced the popular allotments
in a field off Cadwells Lane in the village.
nearby residents, including Mike Hookway and Brian Higgs (pictured)
are unhappy about the increased numbers of motorists who are now
using the lane to reach the new facilities.
Mike told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "This is a very narrow lane
with no pavements and it's always been very quiet with very little
"Since the allotments opened, though, we've seen a constant
stream of traffic throughout the day, including inappropriate
vehicles such as diggers, vans and cars towing large trailers."
"None of us were fully consulted about the allotments before
they opened and we're unhappy that the changes have been forced
upon us. We'd like to see another more appropriate access point."
Mr Higgs added: "We're very unhappy about the situation
and would like the Allotment Society and council to reconsider
added: "Three vehicles have ended up in the rhyne along this
lane during recent years and it can only be time before another
West Huntspill Councillor Cllr Jane Moreton told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"It took a very long time to find a patch of land for these
new allotments. The farmer has been very good in leasing the land
to us and while the location may not be 100% ideal because of
its access, it was what was offered after a lengthy search."
"The allotment owners are very aware of the concerns of
nearby residents and are trying not to use vehicles that are too
disruptive or to use the lane late at night or in the early morning."
"Residents were consulted and we knocked on doors to let
people know but the allotments did not require planning permission."
She added that the County Council's Highways department has been
approached to see if the lane can be widened and screening is
also being planted to try to "avoid causing upset wherever