Relief as nine-mile diversion plans pulled

PUBLISHED: 13:36 20 January 2015 | UPDATED: 14:09 20 January 2015

The original diversion route proposed by Somerset County Council.

The original diversion route proposed by Somerset County Council.

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A NINE-MILE diversion planned around roadworks between Burnham and Berrow has been cancelled after being blasted by residents.

With work due to start in February to install a new crossing in Berrow Road, Somerset County Council had proposed a diversion around the site – taking motorists on a route around Brent Knoll, and estimated to add at least half an hour onto drivers’ journeys.

But following criticism of the plans from villagers, the council has agreed to complete the scheme without any road closure, and still hopes to be finished in the originally-planned four-week timescale.

A spokesman for the council told the Mercury: “This new crossing has been a community priority for some time, so we are pleased to be able to fulfil their wishes.

“We are happy to say that we have now agreed a way of completing the scheme without a road closure, and this is always our aim with any road scheme.”

Residents of Berrow and Brean would have been better off ‘shopping in Weston’ instead of negotiating the diversion, according to Berrow Parish Council clerk Lynn Smith.

She told the Mercury: “We estimated it would have taken an extra half an hour to get around the diversion.

“If anything, it would have made it easier for the residents of Berrow and Brean to do their shopping in Weston rather than traverse the route to Burnham, and the local area would have lost out, and you’ve also got Berrow Junior School with a lot of pupils coming in from Burnham.

“We are very appreciative that this decision has been made both for the residents and businesses.”

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