Readers object to councils town centre remodelling plans

A bus interchange is planned for Alexandra Parade in Weston.

A bus interchange is planned for Alexandra Parade in Weston. - Credit: Mark Atherton

Readers objected to North Somerset Council’s revised £5.8million plans to remodel Weston town centre’s roads.

In 2017 the authority revealed plans to make Alexandra Parade a bus interchange among other changes to roads i.

But council officers went back to the drawing board and have created a new vision for the project, which will be funded by a multi-million-pound Government kitty, with hopes of reducing traffic volume in central Weston.

Regent Street from the Walliscote Road junction to the seafront - plus parts of High Street, St James Street, York Street and Beach Road - will become a pedestrian-only zone, excluding delivery times of 6pm-10am, if the plans materialise.

However, due to a lack of funding, the road surface and paving in the pedestrian zone will not be altered as part of the project.

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Regent Street from the Odeon cinema to Alfred Street would also become a bus-only area with two-way access from both Walliscote Road and Locking Road which cars will be able to access and exit Alexandra Parade - which will have one-way restrictions lifted - via a new two-way junction in Alfred Street.

Many people had their say on social media.

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Sue Puddy said: "How ridiculous - there is nothing in Weston town centre to visit unless you want a coffee, mobile phone or a cheap outfit from a charity shop."

Laura Hawkins added: "Maybe spend the money on a swimming pool, bowling alley, ice skating rink, roller rink, or a dairy festival with actual dairy and farming stalls with more than five cows."

Margaret Lewis commented: "I don't want to lose any of the greenery in Alexandra Parade. They have already destroyed the greenery in the Italian Gardens.

Chris Tovey said: "Slabs and nowhere to go. Priceless, sorry £6million. The bus station needs to go the other side next to the railway station with a large free car park - it's called integrated transport.

"Remove all the buses and cars and turn it into a safe spaces for pedestrians without the dangerous dual-use walking areas."

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