Summer road closure blow for country park

ONE of North Somerset's top tourist attractions could suffer this summer because of roadworks which will severely hamper access to the site. Bristol Water plans to carry out improvements to pipes along Wolvershill Road, Banwell, from July 2 to September 7

ONE of North Somerset's top tourist attractions could suffer this summer because of roadworks which will severely hamper access to the site.Bristol Water plans to carry out improvements to pipes along Wolvershill Road, Banwell, from July 2 to September 7, due to the increased number of bursts there over the last 10 years. Court Farm Country Park lies half-way along Wolvershill Road, which North Somerset Council will close for more than two months to allow the work to take place. The country park, also a fully functioning arable and cattle farm, is a favourite with holidaymakers and schools which organise visits to see its wide range of attractions.Edward Gwyn, who helps run the farm, only found out about the road closure on Wednesday morning. He said: "This is our peak time of the year and we will be expecting 25,000 people over the 10-week period."I will be contacting those responsible to ask them to arrange alternative access for visitors and diversion signs for the farm in advance."They cannot just close a down a business for the summer - they would not do it to Tesco or Sainsbury's."I thought we would have been contacted about this directly but I am sure something can be done."I have my concerns as it is the most important 10 weeks of the year for us and there is no way to reach us other than from the two ends of Wolvershill Road."A Bristol Water spokesman said: "We have not yet contacted the farm but we will be speaking with the owners shortly. We will need to provide access to the farm and agree the wording of signs and routes of diversions."If a business suffers as a result of our work they have every right to apply for compensation.

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