Village street is ‘accident waiting to happen’

PUBLISHED: 11:00 02 August 2012

Antony Perry and other residents showing the state of the road.

Antony Perry and other residents showing the state of the road.

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‘SOMEONE is going to get seriously hurt or killed’ – that is the message from a concerned resident who says his village’s road is in a dangerously bad state.

Antony Perry is campaigning alongside other Yatton residents to get the High Street repaired by North Somerset Council.

But one North Somerset councillor has defended the lack of spending on the road and says there are ‘far worse roads’ in other areas.

The authority revealed it will not repair the road, which has a large number of potholes on it, before 2013, a move Mr Perry branded ‘disgusting’.

He said: “I really think somebody is going to get seriously injured or killed. If a cyclist hit a hole and went over his handlebars while a lorry was driving by – it doesn’t bear thinking about.

“It is an accident waiting to happen. The response we are getting is disgusting.

“I know it (the council) has a contingency budget which it could use to repair the road now, like it spent on Clevedon Pier.

“It wouldn’t even arrange for someone to come and have a look at it.”

A damaged drain cover which left a hole open in the road took about eight weeks to be repaired, Mr Perry said.

He added: “I rang the council to say it was a major health and safety issue. It took four weeks to put a temporary cover on it, then about another four weeks before it was replaced.”

A response from North Somerset’s executive member for highways Elfan Ap Rees, sent in an email to Mr Perry, said: “The highways budget is fully spent for this year.

“If I had extra money I can assure you that there are roads elsewhere that would receive higher priority, being in a far worse state.

“I therefore must decline your suggestion of using other funds to repair the High Street at this stage as officers disagree with your view of its safety condition.

“The funding for Clevedon Pier was from a separate budget and was necessary as it is listed and we have a legal requirement to maintain it. In fact the Clevedon Pier Society also contributed so it was a cost effective result.

“I do drive through Yatton quite regularly so am aware of the state of the road... as I indicated above I can show you far worse, for example in the Winford area or even in the centre of Weston.

“I realise these answers will not satisfy your concerns but I cannot make a special case.”

Last week, the authority brought forward a programme of winter pothole patch-ups to be carried out across the district.


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