Weston to Clevedon Multi Access Route
This route is being planned by North Somerset Council and will enter the south of the Parish across the Tutshill Sluice with a new 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 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 (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 (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 (opens in a new window)
If you have any questions or would like the Parish Council to refer anything new to North Somerset Council, please contact us.
Steve Dixon, Parish Clerk