launched against planned parking restrictions in Burnham area
of people have signed a petition calling on Somerset County Council
to axe controversial plans to introduce new waiting restrictions
for motorists in the Burnham-On-Sea area.
the contentious plans, new parking and waiting restrictions will
be introduced in Burnham-On-Sea's Regent Street, Stoddens Road
and Southern Lea Road.
in Highbridge, there will be waiting restrictions in Burnham Road,
Worston Road, Huntspill Road, King Street and Tyler Way.
petition has been started by Berrow villagers amid calls for Somerset
County Council to "halt their plans to enforce no waiting
restrictions in Rugosa Drive and Rosetree Paddock" next to
the village school.
petition calls: "These roads are used on a regular
basis by parents collecting children from Berrow Primary
School. Enforcing these changes would result in almost 200
children having to cross a busy main road where speeding
and excessive traffic is a known issue and the cars that
the families use would then be parked in the nearby estates."
roads already have a large amount of parking at school times.
These restrictions would move the congestion from Rosetree
Paddock and Rugosa Drive to the other estates, where the
roads are far harder to cross safely."
council may face needing to compensate homeowners for a
decrease in valuations caused by parking and traffic problems
arising from these proposed changes. We urge the council
to consider the impositions that this would cause to the
families who attend Berrow Primary School, to the nearby
homeowners and to drivers in general as the main road travels
through to Brean. There will be an impact for all traffic
on Berrow Road, Barton Road and Coast Road due to increased
stops for children to cross safely. Please sign to ensure
our children's ongoing safety and wellbeing."
spokesman for Somerset County Council has this week defended the
plans, telling Burnham-On-Sea.com: "There are various reasons
behind the mixture of proposed changes to some on-street parking,
stopping, waiting, loading and unloading restrictions in the Sedgemoor
of these proposals are the result of residents concerns
over parking, while others are to deter motorists from parking
for safety reasons, for example where they obscure visibility
this stage these are only proposals and anyone wishing to object
can write to us at: Area Traffic Engineer, Sedgemoor Area Highways
Office, Dunball Industrial Estate, Bridgwater, TA6 4TP stating
their reasons before 26th May 2015."
be accessed here and the full list of proposed changes from
the council are online here.
say the scheme in Berrow raises safety concerns. Elizabeth Price
says online: "Children attend Berrow primary school - no
consideration has been given to the safety of the children of
Berrow primary school."
Gaunt adds: "It will make things more dangerous for the children.
Their lives are at risk."
Thornton says: "If this is enforced you are moving the problem
to another area which could and will cause more trouble and possible
Williams adds: "This will increase congestion in other areas
is the village. It will also have a cost implication as it will
need to be enforced. This is a knee jerk reaction to a small minority
of people living in these roads who are not considering the safety
of the children."
Hilary Cox says: "My child attends Berrow, and although we
walk to school every day, many children are from much further
away. The main road is far too dangerous for 4 and 5 year olds
to negotiate safely. Please put the safety of our children first."