Weston Village is known as Legoland

I WAS extremely interested in the letter in last week's copy of the Weston & Somerset Mercury from the gentleman in Longridge Way and I thought you might be interested

I WAS extremely interested in the letter in last week's copy of the Weston & Somerset Mercury from the gentleman in Longridge Way and I thought you might be interested in some of the problems I have had with the council concerning the less than adequate layout of the roads in the two developments. Did you know that Weston Village is known as Legoland by a lot of residents, delivery drivers etc.? And now Moor Lane has been closed permanently. I moved to Weston nearly three years ago to live in Locking Castle; Sutton Close, just off Maltlands, to be precise. As I got to know the area it quickly became obvious that the side roads off Maltlands and Aspen Park Road were all inadequately signed with no clue as to the fact that each is a cul-de-sac. In my particular case, Sutton Close and Camberley Walk are found off the junction of Maltlands with Aspen Park Road but with no street names or cul-de-sac or 'No Through Road' signs. This meant that as the junction was on a sharp bend with 'my' road going off at a lesser angle, many, many cars, lorries and even coaches found themselves heading into the cul-de-sac before realising their mistake. Over the years that I have been here, the problem has got worse and worse as more and more vehicles use the route through this estate as a direct route to the District Centre, Morrisons etc, from the town centre. I have lost count of the number of vehicles I have redirected but more disturbingly I have also lost count of the number of huge juggernauts that for some reason come through this estate on their way from the motorway into Weston town centre. Why? Because some sat nav systems direct them this way!Why am I telling you all this? Because for the last two years I have been trying to get the council to do something about this problem. Just over 12 months ago and after a lot of persuasion I met with three local councillors and they all agreed that something needed to be done. Apparently it was agreed by council officials that cul-de-sac signs should be put up to help avoid confusion. In my most recent communication to councillor Dawn Payne I suggested that some form of sign at the eastern and western ends of this large development i.e. near Morrisons to the east and Tesco Express to the west, should be erected banning vehicles over 7.5 tonnes from coming through the area; Mrs Payne is trying so hard on the residents' behalf but is seemingly up against a brick wall. How much more damage has there got to be by some of the huge lorries going over kerbs and pavements and has it got to take an accident to wake council officials to what is wrong with the road network in Locking Castle and Weston Village?Oh, and finally going back to the comments about the possibility of yellow lines, may I suggest that if this becomes fact, residents should refuse to pay any fine, choose to fight the case in court and hopefully completely clog the courts. Councillors please take a reality check and go see for yourselves how impossible it is to accommodate cars in these developments even now, before going any further. TIM WALTON - Sutton Close, Locking Castle


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