Weston to Clevedon Multi Access Route
This route is being constructed by North Somerset Council and will enter the south of the Parish across the Tutshill Sluice with a new – off road – connection being created to Yeo Bank Lane. It will then use existing lanes to exit the Parish via Strode Road in the north. The project has been underway for several years and updates appear below with the latest information at the top.
Update September 2021
This summary will appear in this month’s KS Village News.
The Parish Council met in the Village Hall on the 8th September and a key item that we discussed was the commencement of work on the Weston to Clevedon Multi Access Route.
There was a planning application in 2018 (18/P/4758/FUL) to which the Parish Council and many others objected but which was passed by the Planning Committee; and it is now about to go ahead. The Parish Council were visited and briefed by the NSC Project Manager at our meeting.
The Route in Overview
The project will see the building of a new agricultural bridge over the Congresbury Yeo just upstream from the current Tutshill Sluice. This will allow all livestock and farm movements to be moved onto this bridge – which will in turn allow the route across the top of the Tutshill Sluice to be used for walkers, cyclists and horse riders.
The route will start from Wick Lane in the south and run up to and across the sluice. Then it will head north up to Tutshill Farm and then turn east along Mud Lane before joining Yeo Bank Lane. From Wick Lane to Yeo Bank Lane, this will amount to 1.4km of shared – and motor vehicle free – route.
North from Yeo Bank Lane (and south of Wick Lane), the signed route will all be on existing lanes. On our side of the Congresbury Yeo, this means:
– Up Yeo Bank Lane
– Left into Ham Lane
– Right onto Broadstone Lane
– Left onto Middle Lane
– Right onto Back Lane
– Left up New Cut Bow
Once out to the north of our Parish, the route will access the coastal route into Clevedon along an existing track from Lower Strode Road.
It is anticipated that the construction work will take six months and the planned opening of the entire route is pencilled in as “Easter 2022”
Access for the delivery of materials will be from both sides of the Congresbury Yeo as there is a very low weight limit on the existing sluice. This means that there will be many deliveries of equipment and raw materials being made through the village – Lampley Road, The Triangle, Ham Lane and Yeo Bank Lane. There will be a road condition survey undertaken before the work starts and at the end and it is part of the contract that repairs will be made where road surfaces and markings have been damaged during this work.
The Parish Council have requested that within the contract, that there are limited times when construction traffic can pass through the village (i.e. limited hours in the day – avoid school bus times) and we have been assured that these will be put in place. We will publish those on our website as soon as these are inked in to the contract. Mud on the lanes is inevitable and the contractor will be obliged to clean up as they go along.
The Parish Council and NSC will monitor the performance and courtesy of the contractors and their vehicles and will report violations of any agreements. I know that you will support us in this!
Apart from the very obvious challenges caused by large lorries passing through our lanes, there will be noise generated by the work. This could particularly emanate from the building of the foundations for the farm bridge. We understand that piles of up to 30 metres in depth will have to be sunk to find sufficient support for these foundations but we are assured that this will be done without resorting to the sort of percussive piling that is used on some other major construction sites (this is the same approach being used by National Grid for the new pylons).
The Parish Council will do all it can – in conjunction with NSC – to manage and resolve issues as they arise and we have a dedicated page on our website that will carry all of the latest information which we can share with you.
Update July 2021
The contract to build the farm bridge has been awarded and tenders are out for the remaining work. NSC are now targeting
“Easter 2022″ as the opening date.
Update January 2021
In conversation with the NSC Project Manager it is now intended to start construction work “in the summer of 2021” with a view to the route being open in “winter 21/22”
Update September 2020
Since the last update here, funding has been received from Government bodies and the project is progressing through its design stage. It is expected that work will begin “on the ground” in March 2021.
The route is now going to be open to walkers, cyclists and horse riders and the new section will run from Yeo Bank Lane in Kingston Seymour to Wick Road in Wick St Lawrence.
Other than this specific new section, the remainder of the route from Weston to Clevedon will use existing lanes.
Update 24th March 2020
The route will not now start in 2020 as had been reported in the media. Funding has not been received.
It is possible that work could start in March 2021 and may be completed by September 2021
Update – 21st December 2018
The Council submitted a full response to the planning application, lodging a strong Objection on bahelf of our parishioners.
Nevertheless, at the NSC Planning and Regulatory Committee meeting on the 12th December, the application was APPROVED – subject to conditions. We await the formal minute to understand what those conditions are.
We understand that North Somerset Council will now be applying to ventral Government for funding.
All of the documents – including our response – are available to view on the North Somerset Council website here Link to NSC Website Planning Applications (opens in a new window) and search for 18/P/4758/FUL
Update – 26th November 2018
Matters have progressed at pace (since the original post below) and a full planning application has been submitted. Search for 18/P/4758/FUL on the NSC website to see all of the details.
A village meeting took place on the 24th November 2018 at which parishioners expressed their views at an “open” Council meeting. This has served to inform the Council of what to say in its response to the planning application.
Original Post – October 2017
The Weston to Clevedon cycle route is a long held ambition of North Somerset Council and, since it was last discussed with us in 2013, the project has been on “the back burner”. However, following the success and publicity surrounding the Brean to Weston cycle route, interest in the route that will prospectively go through Kingston Seymour has been re-energised.
Your Parish Council became aware of this shortly before the September 2017 meeting and we invited representatives from the project along to that month’s meeting.
The draft minutes of that meeting captured what was said about the link.
To understand the latest proposals for the proposed Cycle Route through the village.
David Fish (DF) attended on behalf of North Somerset Council (NSC) to explain the current position with the proposed Cycle Route from Weston to Clevedon.
By way of background, DF advised that the proposal had first been discussed in 2012 but had been stood down when Natural England declared their intent to create a Coastal footpath and North Somerset Council deemed it most appropriate to work with them at the due time. The Coastal Footpath work is underway and it is NSC’s intent to work closely with Natural England.
The creation of this Cycle Route being part of North Somerset Council’s overall strategy to encourage greater access to areas of the county and a healthier lifestyle.
A document – dated August 2015 and entitled “Weston to Clevedon Cycle Route – Tutshill Crossing Proposals: Kingston Seymour to Wick St.Lawrence” – was available (and will be placed on the Kingston Seymour website), but DF stressed that whilst this a good starting point, he would be reassessing the proposals in this document to re-test their validity so it could not be assumed that these proposals were exactly what was going to happen.
By way of timescales, DF envisaged that initial feasibility work will be completed in this financial year (i.e. by the end of March 2018) – that in the FY 2018-19 there would be funding applications made to various bodies and planning permissions sought where required – the in 2019-20 once funding was in place, a three month tender period would be started, with construction some time later on in that financial year. The project could easily take up to 5 years to deliver
A number of questions were raised by parishioners at the meeting and these have been summarised and listed on the supplementary sheet to these minutes. These questions will be formally submitted to North Somerset Council and this list will be maintained and developed going forward. A copy of the latest position will be placed on the Kingston Seymour website.
Action: Clerk to create and maintain the list and to formally write to North Somerset Council
MS acknowledged the feelings of many of those in attendance and thanked DF for coming to see the village at such an early stage in proceedings. MS emphasised that a number of fundamental questions were asked which need a comprehensive and robust response. A future visit will be arranged so that DF can update the village on progress and, in the meantime, the question bank will be kept up to date with the latest responses from North Somerset to the questions raised by the parish.
The minutes refer to two documents.
- The first is a fairly detailed analysis of the Kingston Seymour to Wick St Lawrence section. This demonstrates the level of thinking that existed at the time the project was formally shelved in August 2015. This document is here Link to Original Document (PDF opens in a new window).
- The second is a list of questions which we have now formally asked North Somerset Council. This document is here Link to Questions Document (PDF opens in a new window) This document will be updated as answers are received or as new questions are raised.
Update – Late October 2017. North Somerset Council have given an initial response to our questions and these are posted here Link to Question Answers (PDF opens in a new window)
Steve Dixon, Parish Clerk