Could traffic plans 'kill' North Somerset village?
PUBLISHED: 18:00 13 October 2016
People in Yatton say plans put forward by a community group to alter the traffic flow in the village risk 'killing' the area's shops and businesses - and have urged the group's leaders to reconsider the ambitious proposal.
The Mercury reported in August how members of Yatton’s Partners and Communities Together (PACT) group had developed a broad range of schemes designed to make the village’s roads safer and less congested. These included potentially creating a walking ‘super-highway’, spanning from Cadbury Garden Centre in Smallway to the Bridge Inn, in North End Road, and possibly making both Mendip and Stowey Roads one way.
However, the suggestion of implementing a one-way system in particular has attracted criticism from other PACT members, who say the village’s businesses would not renew their leases if the plans went ahead.
PACT member Simon Reakes spoke out at the group’s last meeting on October 4.
He said: “Without any consideration of the effects on the businesses in the village, I believe it will kill the village as it stands.
“We need a good shopping precinct to make the village live, otherwise it is going to die and it will be a through traffic road.
“The businesses are all saying the same thing. They will have a drop-off in footfall, their business will die and they will go.
“We do not need more charity shops and we need some good shops in the village.”
The original idea was created by other members of PACT and was developed alongside transport expert Jonathan Flower.
Fellow PACT member Jonathan Edwards stressed the proposals were at a very early stage, despite being presented to North Somerset Council, and nothing had been decided.
Mr Edwards told the meeting: “Something needs to be done because people do not feel safe in the village. What Mr Flower was trying to do was getting all the ideas we could think of which might solve the problem.
“My view of what we have done with North Somerset is that we went to them to see if the ideas were feasible. No way would we impose anything on the village without discussion.”