Allotment holders and neighbours in traffic row
PUBLISHED: 17:00 08 June 2011 | UPDATED: 11:05 10 June 2011
THE site of new allotments in West Huntspill has led a group of residents to complain of ‘traffic chaos’ being caused in the village.
The allotments were created just off Cadwells Lane three months ago, and are being used by between 45 and 50 smallholders.
But Brian Higgs, whose property sits next to the site, believes the increase in traffic is dangerous.
He said: “The road is just too narrow for more traffic, especially when there is a national speed limit on it. My friend who lives next to the track to the site often can’t get out of his own property, especially at the weekends.”
Another resident, Mike Hookway, agreed. He said: “Nobody was consulted about the allotments before they were built, and we’d like to see an alternative access point put in.”
But West Huntspill’s representative on Sedgemoor District Council, Jane Moreton, said the allotments benefit a lot of people, and the current site was the best available. She added: “This has had a large amount of community support, and those who use the lane to get to the allotments walk or cycle, unless they have to drive, or when vehicles had to be driven on there when the allotments were being created.”
Steve Chick, chairman of the West Huntspill Allotment Society, said: “The traffic flow outside is not as bad as has been made out, and everyone on the allotment is very mindful of those living nearby.”