Readers express mixed views on plans for more homes in Weston

PUBLISHED: 17:00 20 June 2018

Locking Road Car Park.

Locking Road Car Park.


Mercury readers took to social media to voice their opinions on plans to build 400 houses in Weston-super-Mare town centre.

A consultation on ‘transformation’ plans for Locking Road Car Park and Sunnyside Road will be held at the Old Town Hall, in Walliscote Road, on June 27 from 1-8pm.

The consultation will offer Westonians the chance to see the first detailed vision of the project, which is being led by North Somerset Council and Homes England – the Government’s house-building department.

MORE: 400 homes planned for Locking Road Car Park and Sunnyside Road.

‘Contemporary homes’ and an improved entrance to the town centre have been promised by the council – as its regeneration of Weston accelerates.

Many people took to social media to share their view.

Bob Powell said: “Losing car parking in a town where car parking is already poor seems like the height of stupidity, no arguments, but having any sort of investment in regenerating the town centre I’m up for.

“We’ve seen the regeneration plans, the push towards public transport, a nod towards pedestrianisation, taking cars out of the town centre, but I’d love to see the logistical data behind that plan.”

Kayleigh Whitbread commented: “I don’t mind more housing as long as they improve the roads and sort the hospital A&E situation out.

Vera Barrett had a different view. She commented: “No more housing as people need this car park.”

Lucy Cooper added: “It definitely needs some regeneration but Weston has enough houses.

“A park and ride outside the town centre is needed and some sense on in-street parking first.”

John Cadwallader said: “Where are all the cars and Baker’s Dolphin coaches going to go?”

Caroline Andrew added: “The council should build a multi-storey carpark and leave room for coaches as they are one of Weston’s main sources of income.”

James Hadfield commented: “This will cause another load of travel chaos on the motorways and into town as more people have to commute.”

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