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Councillors disappointed over lack of support for Pig Lane scheme
11:30am Thursday 24th October 2013 in News
MEMBERS of Chard Town Council have expressed disappointment at the lack of support from Somerset County Council for a much-needed project.
The finance and personnel committee agreed in September to ask the county council to back a scheme to resurface Pig Lane – the well-used walkway which connects Holyrood Street to Sainsbury’s and Bath Street car park.
Many people have complained that its uneven surface makes it dangerous for elderly and disabled people in particular.
But the response to the town clerk was that no county council money was available.
At Monday’s full council meeting, Cllr Tony Prior said: “It’s appalling. This morning the rain water was pouring off the building like a waterfall into the lane.
"Some elderly person with or without a walking frame is going to have an accident.”
South Somerset District Council is prepared to carry out improvement works at Pig Lane, subject to a £1,000 contribution from the town council, which members unanimously agreed upon.
They also agreed that the priority was to resurface the lane as soon as possible.
Deputy Mayor Cllr Garry Shortland said: “I am quite stunned by Highways’ response. I guess the only quick way of getting it done is for us to give the money to South Somerset District Council to enable the work to be done.
“The work needs doing as soon as possible – it’s as simple as that.”
The Mayor, Cllr Jenny Kenton, concluded: “It seems anything we want doing in the future needs to come out of our own pot.”
A spokesman for Somerset County Council said: “We will always act quickly to repair roads and footways where there is a danger to drivers or pedestrians.
"The suggested improvements to Pig Lane will involve the replacement of the existing bituminous footway surface with modular paving.
"While the proposed works will be aesthetically beneficial, we have a duty to prioritise our highways budget towards essential repairs.”
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