Milverton, Somerset
13/07/2024

Obstructions on Milverton bus route

Wood Street and North Street

There have been several instances recently when the bus service through the village has been disrupted or cancelled due to vehicles being parked on Wood Street and North Street, such that insufficient room is left for the bus to pass through. This has resulted in, amongst other things, students being unable to get to College in Taunton or being left in Wiveliscombe for parents to pick up.

Whilst discussions are ongoing with Somerset Council and the bus company about the service, Milverton Parish Council considers the bus service to be very important to the life of the village and would be grateful if those who park on Wood Street and North Street could leave sufficient room for the bus to pass. This includes those having works done on their property who are also respectfully asked to ensure that any associated construction vehicles do not obstruct the highway.

If the situation does not improve, further measures may be considered necessary as there is a significant concern that the service will otherwise be withdrawn permanently.

Milverton Parish Council

Speed indicator devices have arrived

The long awaited assistants to help lower vehicle speeds have arrived and are happily flashing red or (more hopefully) green at passing motorists and potentially cyclists. There are six sites the SIDs can be placed in the village and they will be moved around on a regular basis to maintain maximum impact on drivers. Information on speeds/frequency is recorded and will provide useful feedback on driving habits, highlighting places where potentially more action needs to be taken. It should also be emphasised that the evidence is that they do work.

BUT…

The team of volunteers who organise the changing of batteries and location needs augmenting urgently. This is an important task that needs the support of people willing to become involved. The more volunteers, the greater the spread of the workload. Please consider if you have the time to spare (if we have sufficient people it could be once a month) to help maintain this facility which benefits the whole village.

The small print is that you will, under SCC Highway rules, have to undertake a Health and Safety course to work on the highway (fully paid for by the Parish Council) and the lifting of the kit will not be for everyone, but these are minor details. If you are interested, please contact me.

Tim Payne
Clerk to the Council
Call on 01823 432959 or email clerk@milvertonpc.org.uk