Plans for toll shelved

PUBLISHED: 13:00 04 November 2010

View of Kewstoke end of the Toll Road..; 17-5-06

View of Kewstoke end of the Toll Road..; 17-5-06

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PLANS to reintroduce a toll on a Weston road are likely to be shelved.

Kewstoke Parish Council has spent more than a year exploring the idea of setting up a business to charge people to use one of the main routes to the village and even held a public consultation for residents on their options.

But now parish clerk Colin Hill has written to councillors to tell them they cannot consider implementing the plans as suggested in April.

A working group was set up after residents said they thought reinstating a toll along Kewstoke Road would stop speeding through the village.

But Mr Hill says that the work to the sea defences in Weston has calmed the traffic down and normality needs to resume before a decision can be taken whether to press ahead with the £20,000 project.

Mr Hill says in his letter: “The Weston seafront defence work has acted as an excellent traffic calmer for Kewstoke.

“Because it has run so long and is way over its delivery date, we cannot at present consider this project.

“The working group will meet shortly, but I suspect the recommendation will be to look again at the figures when all the Weston traffic issues have settled down and everything returns to normal.

“In essence, that will put the project back a year before a final decision can be made.”

The councillors held a consultation day last year and invited people to share their views on having to pay to use the road to the village.

The results of the consultation showed the majority of residents wanted a toll to return in the hope that it would solve any speeding problems.

Members have also previously looked at options including charging as a parish council or becoming a charitable trust.

But the working group believed the best way forward was to set up a business to run the toll.

Nine councillors originally voted in favour of continuing with the business idea, with one abstaining.

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