Locals call wiggly road lines ‘Balamory from hell’

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Pete Brooks added: “I kid you not, the squiggly lines are opposite driveways to allow vehicles to swerve to get round and into their drives without crossing the white line.”

Others described the lines as a “snake lane”, while another described it as: “Balamory from hell for a motorcycle.”

North Somerset Council has said the lines are aimed at making the road feel narrower and slow down traffic. It is also hoped the wiggly lines will help reduce unwanted parking.

‘A wavy line provides certainty’

A council spokesman said: “The lines are a design feature to reduce the potential abuse of parking at these locations and help make the road feel narrower, which is a technique used to slow traffic speeds. In this case, the area is adjacent to the sailing club entrance so needs to be kept clear.

“A wavy line provides uncertainty to the driver and is proven to help reduce unwanted parking.”

The squiggly lines are due to be finished with a surface treatment in the spring. The spokesman added: “Warmer weather is needed to apply the surfacing.”

There have been numerous calls since work started to scrap the changes to the seafront.

Campaigners, locals and businesses say the scheme is unnecessary and a waste of money, making the seafront more dangerous while having a detrimental impact on trade. Their concerns have been supported in a report by the highways consultant who has highlighted a number of safety concerns about the scheme.

Concerns have also been raised about the lack of lighting in certain areas of the scheme. The full report detailing all the safety issues has now been sent to Secretary of State for Transport, Mark Harper, by North Somerset MP Liam Fox who has asked if there are any precedents available to stop the scheme – or see it altered – because of the concerns highlighted.

Dr Fox said: “I have visited the site on numerous occasions, accompanied by residents and traders, whose initial fears about the impact of the scheme have been more than borne out. 

“We are keen to know if there are any mechanisms available to to bring the scheme to a halt and whether there are any precedents of which your department is aware, where similar schemes have been stopped or compulsorily altered because of safety concerns.

“A vast amount of public money is being spent to solve a problem which does not actually exist. We do not have major road safety issues on Clevedon seafront at present, despite it being a Victorian amenity. We will, however, have safety issues in the future as a result of the incompetent plans of the current North Somerset Council.

“The project is not popular, not safe, not affordable, not properly consulted upon and not necessary. It damages historic amenity, will disadvantage visitors, especially the elderly, will disrupt local trade and impede access to local residents.”

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