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05 February 2018South Street Closure
SOUTH STREET CLOSURE
PLEASE NOTE THAT COUNCIL HAS BEEN INFORMED THIS MORNING THAT THE ACCESS TO MAIN STREET [A39] FROM SOUTH STREET WILL BE BLOCKED TOMORROW 6TH FEBRUARY - THIS IS TO CARRY OUT WORK REQUIRED ON THE DRAINS AND IRON WORKS IN THE AREA. - IT IS EXPECTED THAT ACCESS IN FRONT OF THE CHURCH WILL ALSO BE BLOCKED.
iT IS HOPED THAT THIS WILL BE FOR ONE DAY ONLY.
12 January 2018A39 closure
A39, Main Street, Walton, Somerset
Advance notification of major road works
5 February 2018 – 16 February 2018
Somerset County Council, as the Highway Authority, has a statutory duty to maintain the roads in Somerset; with the exception of the motorway and trunk roads. There is around 4,000 miles of highway network in total, all requiring some form of maintenance at sometime in its life.
The A39, Main Street is showing signs of failure. There are numerous cracks in the road and settlement across the carriageway surface. This location has been subject to many visits to fix potholes over the past 2 years, clearly this is unsustainable and something needs to be done.
The proposed maintenance works will include repairs to the existing highway drainage system, excavation and removal and replacement of damaged kerbs. The length of road between the South Street junction and number 128 Main Street will be resurfaced.(see plan on last page of this information sheet).
Following consideration of all options at the design stage, we have concluded that week 1 (5 -11 February 2018) of the works will be undertaken using a full 24 hour road closure. Week 2 of the works (12 February – 16 February 2018) will be carried out using a daytime road closure. An alternative route will be signed, details at back of information sheet.
We will of course need to maintain access to households and businesses within the village and will have to work closely with those affected by the works. Deliveries and access will be accommodated by liaison with on-site operational staff. Every effort will be made to keep the duration of the works to a minimum. Pedestrian access will be maintained.
Any changes to the works programme will be displayed on site information boards.
To complicate the scheme further, there are various public utility apparatus such as gas and water pipes, and electrical cables in the area of excavation. A significant amount of work needs to be done in advance to properly understand and cater for the utility equipment.
Questions and answers…
Why is the road closed?
Put simply, the road is just too narrow to allow us to keep it open during the drainage and surfacing works. We have to comply with national Code of Practice for road works. We would be breaking the law if we ignored this – and clearly it would not be safe for either the travelling public or the workforce.
Will the road be open during the evening?
It’s our intention to open the road during the evening during the resurfacing operations, but unfortunately it will not be possible to open the road during week one (drainage works) due to the excavations.
Why have you chosen those dates?
There is no perfect time to carry out major work like this, but we have tried to avoid key dates and local events. We accept it will still have a considerable impact which is why we are publicising the work as early as possible.
There is a great deal still to do and some aspects of the works are still uncertain at this stage. Further communications will be issued as the extent of the scheme becomes clearer. However, we wanted to alert you as early as possible. We recognise this will inevitably have a big impact on the community and we will do our very best to manage and mitigate.
In the meantime, if you have any questions, queries or observations on the works, please use the contact details below:
Call 0300 123 2224 or
12 December 2017Cold Calling -ALERT
FROM OUR LOCAL PCSO TIM RICHARDS...
Please, can I remind you all that if you hear anything from local Walton Residents about a man knocking on doors claiming to be deaf and dumb and trying to sell paintings early this evening, this is a con and residents are reminded to contact Police at the time for us to check them out, The number to use is 101.
Although the men are not actually doing anything wrong as such, other than cold calling, the Police advise not to buy any of these paintings, as they are not painted properly and do not have any guarantees, something which Trading Standards deal with and are aware. The Police do not like cold calling, as some people who do this have been known to use this way to commit crimes.
The No Cold Calling zone in Walton is designed to deter cold callers from knocking on doors, it will not stop them all together but we ask residents to call police on 101 at the time.
The Police have noticed a lot of discussion about cold callers today in the local area and other than a call in Street, we have had no calls from Walton but have seen a lot of discussion on social media about today’s visits but nobody had called Police
The Police have had no official Police calls this evening in Walton itself, only an e-mail from a local resident who e-mailed me direct to let me know they were in the area and I attended immediately and I am pleased to say, they had just left.
Cold Calling in England is not, as of yet, an arrestable offence, however, when Police attend, we have certain powers that we can utilise to deal with cold callers to send them on their way.
Please do encourage any residents who have cold callers in the future at their door, to please call us and let us know, we are more than happy to help where we can.
PCSO 8919 Tim Richards
Avon and Somerset Constabulary