'We can't just wish it away'

A LEADING council chief has admitted Portishead's traffic clogged Cabstand junction is not 'ideal' and has pledged to look

A LEADING council chief has admitted Portishead's traffic clogged Cabstand junction is not 'ideal' and has pledged to look at ways of improving it.North Somerset Council executive member for strategic planning, Councillor John Crockford-Hawley said: "If we could go back to square one and I was the executive member looking at various options I do not think the current arrangements are particularly attractive. However, this is what I inherited and what is in place and we cannot just wish it away."The Cabstand junction cost £800,000 and was paid for as part of a 106 agreement from developers building at East Portishead. Cllr Crockford-Hawley's pledge comes just days after 2,000 people marched through the High Street to reaffirm their objections to the road system.The march, the second of its kind, was held a year after the first protest, which also saw thousands of placard waving protestors take to the streets.Cllr Crockford-Hawley said: "I have asked officers to look at Cabstand to see if there is anything which can be done to improve the situation."I am not sure that there is much which can be done with the present arrangements and I understand the lights themselves are up to maximum capacity in terms of their computerisation."I am conscious that a considerable amount of people do not like the scheme and it is the duty of the council to keep the system under constant review."Cllr Crockford-Hawley also said he had asked campaigning Councillor David Jolley to come up with alternative suggestions for the junction.He added: "I would also be very happy to hear from any residents or businesses which may have cost effective solutions to improving the Cabstand. However, in the current budget there is no money allocated for his and if it was to be looked at, it would have to be in the future.


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