County to rethink Williton road safety scheme

By in Community News

SOMERSET County Council is to explore new ideas for pedestrian safety outside a Williton school after the parish council called for a solution that could work for everybody.

Over 60 local residents had previously signed a petition against the proposed pedestrian crossing outside St Peter’s First School.

They were concerned that 92 metres of double yellow lines and zig zag marking would mean they would no longer be able to park in front of their homes in Doniford Road.

It had been proposed to aid visibility and increase safety at the site as a county council Small Improvement Scheme, with support from some members of the community but others against.

Williton Parish Council received a letter from the county council following its consultation, recommending the scheme was abandoned – but at the parish council meeting last week members called on the county council to re-evaluate.

They said they were disappointed and agreed to write a letter to the county council asking it to reconsider and find a compromise.

Somerset County Council this week confirmed to the Free Press that it is now exploring new options.

“We are now exploring the potential for a different pedestrian safety improvement scheme in this area,” a spokesman said.

He said a Small Improvement Scheme for improved pedestrian crossing facilities had been put forward by the local member with some support from the community.

“However, as the scheme progressed to the consultation stage we received numerous objections to the zebra crossing proposed, mostly due to loss of parking,” he said.