Date Published: 

Thu, 19/10/2017

Bath & North East Somerset Council is seeking people’s views on its new draft Transport Strategies for the Chew Valley and Somer Valley.

Following previous consultations where residents of these communities told us their opinions on existing transport issues and priorities, the Council has developed these strategies in response.

The resulting Transport Strategies look to recommend improvements or measures to address existing problems and also take into account future growth and options on how to plan for transport provision. The key objectives include:

  • Improving the quality of life for local residents
  • Improving road safety for users
  • Promoting sustainable mobility where possible
  • Maintaining and enhancing the local environment
  • Addressing the needs of people with mobility impairments
  • Improving access to local facilities by walking and cycling.

The Chew Valley strategy covers Norton Malreward, Publow, Stanton Drew, Chew Magna, Chew Stoke, Nempnet Thrubwell, Ubley, Compton Martin, West Harptree, East Harptree, Hinton Blewett, Cameley, Clutton and Stowey Sutton and the surrounding areas.

The Somer Valley strategy covers Midsomer Norton, Radstock, Peasedown St John, Paulton, Timsbury and the surrounding areas.

Cllr Mark Shelford (Conservative, Lyncombe), Cabinet Member for Transport & Environment, said: “The Council has previously sought the views of people living in the Chew and Somer Valley areas about the issues that they consider most important. The resulting strategies contain proposals to address these issues while also anticipating the effects of new housing and employment growth which have been established in the Council’s Core Strategy.”

Find out more and get involved

Both strategies are now online on the Council’s web site along with a consultation questionnaire, Visit:

Drop in public events are also being held as follows:

  • 25th October - Somer Valley Transport Strategy – Midsomer Norton Town Hall 3pm to 8pm
  • 8th November – Chew Valley Transport Strategy – Chew Valley Secondary School library 4pm to 8pm

Closing dates for comments is 30 November 2017. Following the consultation, comments received will be considered and the Council's Cabinet will decide upon each of the strategies during the winter.

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