Council seeks action on dangerous highway issues

Serious concerns were raised by the public at the Town Council’s meeting on Monday night (July 3rd) about the continuing safety issues caused by large goods vehicles trying to negotiate narrow lanes Problems were particularly acute in North Petherton, with lorries trying to get to Haddons Farm, and in and around North Newton. Residents’ properties were being repeatedly damaged and roads were being continually blocked. The Council had been trying for sometime to arrange a meeting with the County Council Highways team, but had not been successful, with the latest efforts being interrupted by the recent elections. Town Mayor Cllr Alan Bradford made it clear, however, that this was a meeting that needed to happen soon and that he would be in contact with the new Cabinet Member for Transport, County Cllr John Woodman, to bring this about. The Council agreed that Cllr Bradford, together with Cllr Mrs Hyde and Cllr Revans should take this matter forward.

Ideas sought for Chapel Building

Following a meeting of the Cemetery Committee, the Council agreed that action needed to be taken to secure the future of the grade 2 listed Chapel building at the cemetery. This could be a valuable community, as well as architectural, asset to the area and Members agreed to seek imaginative ways in which its future could be secured.

More Defibrillators

Cllrs Mrs Denham and Cllr Mrs Phillips reported on the work that they had done with local support groups to increase the number of defibrillators in the area. The Council agreed to provide £3,000 to take the project forward and to pay for the provision of an electrical supply in Wilstock so that one could be provided there.

Wilstock and Stockmoor

Members of the public again raised concerns about traffic and other issues in the villages of Wilstock and Stockmoor and about the continuing difficulty of getting the responsible developers to take any action. The Council agreed to write to the developers and to the County and District Councils to urge them to take action. It also took another step forward in setting up the Council’s own dedicated committee to work with local people to address the problems