Road closure plans ‘a total disgrace’
PUBLISHED: 18:00 15 June 2014
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A VILLAGE councillor has accused Bristol Water and North Somerset Council of ‘total incompetence’.
The outrage has been prompted by the refusal to reschedule the closure of a busy Banwell road, currently planned to begin on Monday and last for three weeks.
Traffic will be diverted through neighbouring Winscombe after Bristol Water shuts off a 357-metre stretch of Castle Hill.
But this coincides with the popular Winscombe and Sandford village festival, starting on June 21.
Parish councillor Steve Bridges claims the schedule was decided with no consultation with local councils, businesses, or societies.
He said: “Bristol Water and North Somerset Council have displayed a complete lack of understanding, a total incompetence with their planning and a complete lack of flexibility - all of which is going to culminate in a complete disaster.
“This is a total disgrace displayed by both agencies.”
Winscombe and Sandford Parish Council, North Somerset and Bristol Water met to discuss postponing the work, but the water company refused to shift the project to a later date.
Cllr Bridges said: “Winscombe expects large numbers of visitors, however with a major traffic problem en-route, will they bother to come?
“With just a modicum of common sense Bristol Water would have realised that the period of June to July was a very bad choice.”
A Bristol Water spokesman said: “We apologise for any short-term inconvenience this essential work may cause - however, this will be outweighed by the long-term benefits.”
A North Somerset council spokesman said although it is a Bristol Water scheme, officers keep parish councils fully informed by sending them copies of road closure notices as well a full programme of utility works.