WESTON'S MP, John Penrose, has said that he is "delighted" to hear that the council will be progressing with the next phase of the Banwell bypass scheme.

Yesterday (Tuesday, January 30), it was announced that the Department for Transport granted North Somerset Council with permission to use Compulsory Purchase Orders (CPOs) to further advance the scheme.

In cases where land needed to build the bypass can not be purchased by negotiation, CPOs will be used.

Mr Penrose said: "Work on the Banwell bypass was in danger of being delayed for months if key Government approvals for some of the land deals didn’t arrive in time. So when the council called, I was keen to help.

"After a lot of calls, lobbying and plenty of goodwill on all sides, I'm delighted the permissions arrived in the nick of time for the council to get on with the job.

"We’ve been waiting for decades for the bypass, and no-one wants it to take a moment longer."