Steps made to improve dangerous pavement
School pupils, disabled people and parents with buggies can all breathe a sigh of relief – work on one of Street's most dangerous pavements is due to start at within the next few weeks.
The pinch point outside The Mullions, where the pavement is just 18 inches wide, will be widened to make life safer for the village residents.
The pavement has been of some concern for years, where the pavement is so narrow that prams, pushchairs and mobility scooters cannot get past.
The narrow pavement is also heavily used by the students at Crispin School and Strode College as they make their way to and from classes, as well as residents from the east end of the village making their way towards the High Street.
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Concerns about the stretch of road were also frequently raised at parish council and Partners and Communities Together (PACT) meetings.
A chicane will be put in place outside the Clarks headquarters to help slow traffic, and the narrow pavement next to the Mullions widened.
Street's county councillor, Terry Napper said: "It was thought that it made more sense for the traffic to be paused outside the Clarks building, which is likely to be less disturbing to residents, and won't hold traffic up out towards the cross, where there are a few businesses and a lot of on-street parking at times.
"People have been complaining about this narrow pavement for a number of years, and the improvement scheme was agreed about 18 months ago, but it has taken this long to get everything in order, and the works scheduled.
"Obviously, I'm delighted that works which will help to make the residents of Street safer are finally about to get under way."
Do you welcome the new safety scheme? What other stretches of road or pavement in the central Somerset area do you think should be made safer?
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