Wedmore plans go global

A SOMERSET village is receiving global news coverage after community leaders made a surprising announcement.

A SOMERSET village is receiving global news coverage after community leaders made a surprising announcement.

Specialist magazines and national newspapers such as The New York Times have all been featuring articles on Wedmore's plans to get the village removed from lorry satellite navigation systems.

Tech Digest, a European website about consumer technology, says the 'once sleepy village of Wedmore has been turned into a traffic hell hole thanks to the amount of people GPS systems are pointing down its narrow streets'.

The news was first revealed exclusively in the Somerset Mercury in August after parish council chairman John Sanderson said he was in talks with the county council to try and reduce the number of lorries using the village as a short-cut.


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Wedmore Parish Council is not against lorries delivering goods to businesses in the village but wants to reduce the number of large vehicles using it as a short-cut between Weston, Burnham and Wells.

As part of a county-wide scheme, Somerset County Council is in contact with the people behind ordinance survey maps to get problem traffic areas and low bridges unsuitable for lorries marked on the maps.

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