'Illogical' council decision criticised

PUBLISHED: 17:00 12 January 2012

It is not yet known when the work will start

It is not yet known when the work will start

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THE decision by North Somerset Council to widen a major A-road which it encourages kids to walk along on their way to school has been branded 'illogical and inconsistent'.

The A368, also known as Dinghurst Road, will be straightened as well as widened to allow a pavement to be installed in Churchill.

But Alan Brown, a parish councillor for the village said the decision was baffling and came after Churchill and Winscombe and Sandford parish councils opposed the idea.

He said: “We had no objections about the footpath but we didn’t think this will improve road safety. It’s not going to slow traffic down.”

The move comes less than a year after the speed limit was increased from 30mph to 40mph at certain points along the road.

Mr Brown said it was going to be harder for children crossing the road to school and create extra difficulties for people needing to use the bus stop.

He said: “I don’t understand the inconsistency of it all. The whole thing is riddled with illogicality.”

Tony Lake, ward councillor for Winscombe, said last month that officers from North Somerset Council would continue to monitor data on speed limits.

He said bollards recently introduced to the area were still in tact and doing a job of slowing traffic down.

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