Fresh approach to old traffic woes

PUBLISHED: 09:00 25 August 2014

Backwell urges North Somerset to adopt civil parking enforcement.

Backwell urges North Somerset to adopt civil parking enforcement.


ANY motorist who drives around North Somerset will be familiar with Banwell and the major problem that is the traffic backlog which occurs daily within the heart of the village.

For years, Banwell Parish Council has tried to come up with a solution to the heavy congestion and has had innumerable debates with the highways department of North Somerset Council on the subject.

Countless ideas have been banded about, including a bypass around the village, a five-way traffic light system and various traffic calming measures.

But, through one reason or another, none of these discussions have resulted in any real change and the situation has remained the same for decades.

Despite the setbacks, the parish authority has not given up and hopes its latest solution will provide a much-needed new approach to the problem.

A spokesman for the parish council said: “We want to form a working party, comprising of parish councillors and other local people, who can take a fresh look at the traffic problems and to make suggestions on solving them.

“We are inviting people who have an interest in this subject to join this working party.

“If you feel that you could make a contribution then please make contact with me, so I can explain things in more detail.”

To find out more, contact parish clerk Tony Jay via or on 01934 820442.

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