Following his pledge to those affected by the proposed A303 dualling options, David Warburton MP met with Highways England last week to make sure the voices of local residents were heard.
Having asked local people to provide him with points of concern about each route option, David put these points to Highways England. Although the official consultation period has closed, Highways said that they will continue to accept feedback and information relating to the proposals and have therefore now agreed to come to a public meeting in West Camel hosted by David.
This commitment from Highways England was made in order that local residents, many of whom believe that points have been overlooked, have the opportunity to voice their concerns directly.
David met Highways England project lead Andrew Alcorn and project managers David Stock and Tom Roberts, setting out concerns about environmental, biodiversity and flood risks, landscape impacts, traffic and routing both during construction and on completion, and the impact of the proposed routes on local businesses and the social life of villages.
David explained, "The two proposed options for dualling the A303 in this area has been one of the biggest issues in my constituency and I've been contacted by literally hundreds of extremely concerned local people.
"Over the past weeks I've met with local farmers, land owners, business owners and residents to hear their many concerns. In March I joined a public meeting in West Camel to gather further views from more than 100 locals.
"The over-riding concern is that the wide-ranging impact of both options must be taken fully into account. I'm pleased that Highways England agree with me that the best way forward is for them to engage directly with the local community at a public meeting where everyone can have their say
"Although the official consultation is closed, Highways England certainly have not closed their minds and are keen to assimilate as much information as possible over the coming weeks and months. I want to help with that process."
The public meeting with Highways England is expected to take place in the next few weeks and will be advertised widely.
More news from Curry Rivel
Brexit Readiness: Defra Food & Farming Briefing Wed 23th Oct12pm — 2pmWessex Pavilions, Royal Bath & West Showground, Prestleigh, Nr Shepton Mallet, Somerset, BA4 6QN Defra is working with the NFU, the Heart of the South West LEP and Mendip District Council to host a free 'Ready for Brexit' event aimed at businesses within the farming, food and drink sectors.This event is...
Temporary Closure of Portfield15th Oct 20199.30am — 3.30pmSomerset County CouncilDistrict of South SomersetParish of Curry RivelTAKE NOTICE that in pursuance of Section 14(1) of the Road Traffic Regulations Act 1984, as amended by the Road Traffic (Temporary Restrictions) Act 1991, the County Council of Somerset propose to make an Order PROHIBITING ALL TRAFFIC from proceeding along...
Somerset Waste Partnership October Newsletter has some excditing news about recycling including an update on the roll out of Recycle More, Garden Waste charges and moreWith far more recycling each week and three-weekly rubbish collections, Recycle More is rolling out to you, starting with 51,000 households in Mendip. Plus scroll down for:Garden waste collections could be getting...
Old School Room
Drayton Village Hall