Sandford and Winscombe left out of Banwell Bypass public consultation events

The Banwell Bypass Team have announced the Banwell Bypass public consultation dates, 5th July to  17th August, online at https://n-somerset.inconsult.uk/banwellbypass/consultationHome,           with two live public consultation events, one in Banwell Village Hall  on  15th July and one in Churchill War Memorial Hall on 22nd July, both between 12.30 and 7.30 pm,  but very surprisingly and disappointingly, no drop-in event for either Sandford or Winscombe. 

There will be a massive impact on both Sandford and Winscombe from the Bypass traffic, with Sandford taking the brunt of the hugely increased traffic on the A368 from the  new housing which will now inevitably come with the new Bypass.  Winscombe will get traffic via the proposed new Southern Link road from Banwell, and also from Sandford via Hill Road.

Sandford residents have specifically asked the Banwell bypass Team for live consultation, and they were sent a copy of the residents survey confirming this, and other requests for mitigation for the traffic impact, see https://winscombeandsandford.org.uk/banwell-bypass-survey-results.  The Parish Council have  provided details of Sandford and  Winscombe venues for a drop-in, and Sandford Village Hall representatives confirm the Hall is available for hire.

So far, there has been no explanation for this disappointing and worrying state of affairs from the Bypass Team, made up of employees of Alun Griffiths, ARUP, TACP , North Somerset Council. An email sent to the Team on the 2nd July asking for comment, and live drop-ins for Winscombe and Sandford, has been responded to by an email saying that due to the high volume of emails, a response would be sent at the end of the consultation period.

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