Grant loss could derail village lorry ban

PUBLISHED: 09:28 14 August 2012

The parish council has battled for years to deprime the main routes through the village

The parish council has battled for years to deprime the main routes through the village


A MOVE to restrict the weight of lorries travelling through Banwell could falter – because North Somerset Council would lose out on Government grants.

Banwell Parish Council has been actively trying to get restrictions imposed on the A371 and A368 (known as depriming) for years.

But in a letter read out at its meeting on Monday North Somerset deputy leader Elfan Ap Rees said that a move was unlikely to happen in the near future.

In the letter he said: “There are concerns that the grants from Government to help maintain our highways would reduce if this road was deprimed.

“Our priority at the moment therefore is to encourage Bath and North East Somerset to restrict HGV traffic from the North Somerset boundary to the A37, when we can then also place a restriction at the top of Burrington Combe.”

Speaking at Monday’s meeting, councillor Paul Bateman said: “I think this is absolutely disgraceful – does this man live in the real world?

“This is a total whitewash.”

The parish council will now write back to Cllr Ap Rees to state its dissatisfaction with the response, and will also contact the village’s MP John Penrose.

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