called to motorists trying to drive through Berrow Road closure
Police were called several times to Berrow Road on Saturday when
motorists ignored road closure signs and illegally moved barriers
to try and pass through the roadworks.
road is currently shut while Wessex Water carries out sewer repairs,
however some motorists are ignoring the diversion signs to avoid
having to drive nine miles around the closure.
Tracey Marlowe from Burnham Police told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "The
road is still closed and we urge motorists not to attempt to drive
through. Anyone who is caught will be prosecuted."
frustrating for everyone, but the road closure is in place for
a good reason and we cannot allow the safety of people to be put
Dave Dunn told Burnham-On-Sea.com this afternoon: "We've
seen several motorists today removing the barriers around the
Wessex Water holes to drive through, ignoring the road closure
coaches also drove through the closure area last night to get
to Brean. Incredibly, the drivers are saying they didn't see the
road closure or diversion signs and the police have been called
out several times."
roadworks, which started on Monday, are scheduled to finish on
February 17th, but Wessex Water has told Burnham-On-Sea.com that
they hope to finish the work early.
small stretch of Berrow Road, near the junction with Golf Links
Road, is shut and motorists are being directed along a nine-mile
diversion route around East Brent and Brent Knoll instead.
Wessex Water spokesperson said: "This essential work is being
carried out to divert a surface water sewer and protect properties
from flooding. We appreciate Berrow Road is a main road through
Burnham-On-Sea and apologise for any inconvenience caused."
closure has been criticised by local residents, businesses and
motorists, with Berrow Parish Council and Burnham Chamber of Trade
formally airing its concerns.
station in Berrow Road has seen a 66% drop in trade due to
the work. A Burnham
fire engine was turned back due to the roadworks on Thursday.
Top, police at the scene on Saturday afternoon discussing the
closure with motorists and residents. Above, the hole that is
the causing the disruption and the barriers that have been moved