Plea for one-way on 'rat-run'

PEOPLE living in Worle are having their houses smashed into by vehicles struggling to negotiate the narrow streets. Residents in Lower Kewstoke Road say motorists driving large vehicles have knocked into their walls and caused extensive damage. Roy Sadler

PEOPLE living in Worle are having their houses smashed into by vehicles struggling to negotiate the narrow streets.Residents in Lower Kewstoke Road say motorists driving large vehicles have knocked into their walls and caused extensive damage.Roy Sadler, a retired 63-year-old, has lived in the area since 1999.He said: "The problems we have are caused by heavy traffic. It builds up and can't go anywhere."Sometimes the volume of traffic is unbelievable and totally unsuitable for this type of road."There is no pavement and the lady in the house along from me has young kids. It is a nightmare for her."I had my wall knocked down by a lorry about three years ago."We would like a one-way system put in place."Helen Arnold, who also lives in Lower Kewstoke Road, had part of the main walls of her house knocked out twice in the last year.She said: "The upper level of my house has been hit twice, once last June and once in August. I was so worried when I came home and found it like that."There are risks here for both pedestrians and my house."It would be ideal to make it one-way. On any one day between 3.30pm and 5pm up to 1,500 vehicles use Lower Kewstoke Road."The road is used as a rat-run."A North Somerset Council spokesman said: "A feasibility study was carried out in 2003 to look into traffic management measures."The proposals were taken to the relevant executive member and he decided not to proceed with them."But if people are having their property damaged they should make sure they report it to the police.


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