Wessex Water works: Traffic notice for High St & Mead Lane - Saltford Parish Council

(UPDATED 17 MAY)

Saltford Parish Council has been notified by B&NES Council (the Highways Authority) of an order detailing ‘no waiting at any time’ restrictions on sections on the High Street as well as ‘construction traffic holding points’ on the High Street and Mead Lane. Please find a copy of the order here and below.

The order is required due to works at the Wessex Water Saltford Water Recycling Centre site on Mead Lane, to allow the passage of construction traffic and the use of holding bays for construction traffic.

The works will enable the construction of a new bridge, giving access to Wessex Water vehicles from the A431 over the River Avon. This bridge – once built – will significantly reduce the volume of heavy vehicles needing to access Saltford via the High Street and Mead Lane.

The order is operative from 10 June 2022 for a maximum period of 18 months.

Saltford Parish Council is aware of traffic flow issues and the possible impact of the order particularly on residents of High Street and Mead Lane, and has requested further information from B&NES Council’s Traffic Management Team. This included information about any impact on parking on the High Street; visibility concerns particularly for cyclists leaving the cycle path by the B2B Railway Path bridge (due to the construction traffic holding point in the bay at Mead Lane); and resident access and parking in the bay at Mead Lane.

Saltford Parish Council and B&NES Ward Cllr Duncan Hounsell have subsequently discussed the notice, with Cllr Hounsell contacting Wessex Water on 11th May requesting on behalf of residents more detailed information about Wessex Water’s plans.

Both Cllr Hounsell and SPC have asked Wessex Water to provide clearly accessible information detailing where the ‘no waiting at any time’ locations are intended to be (i.e. a map, further to the text of the order), and information on when and how frequently they are intended to be used and what this may mean for residents who park at these locations. A request was also made for contact details at Wessex Water for Saltford residents to use, should any issues arise or any local events planned where the order may be problematic.

Cllr Hounsell and SPC have also raised to the attention of Wessex Water safety concerns regarding the section of highway adjacent to the Mead Lane parking bay (a known accident hot spot, where Cllr Hounsell asked for ‘SLOW’ road markings and SPC requested better signage – both requests were installed by B&NES Council in recent months), and asked how long both the ‘construction traffic holding points’ will be used for and how regularly.

Wessex Water have confirmed that they are discussing this matter, and that they will contact Cllr Hounsell and Saltford Parish Council in due course. A meeting will take place between SPC, B&NES Ward Cllrs, B&NES Highways and Wessex Water soon. Any information following the meeting will be shared with residents as soon as possible via SPC’s website and social media.

Please also see this letter from Cllr Duncan Hounsell for residents (dated 17 May) which Cllr Hounsell will be hand-delivering this week to keep residents up-to-date prior to the meeting taking place.

Please find on SPC’s news page related news articles:

Footpaths temporarily closed by Saltford Water Recycling Centre (Wessex Water site) dated 3rd May

Update from Wessex Water: Saltford water recycling centre – access improvement work from 3 February

B&NES Council approves Wessex Water planning application – inc. new bridge over the River Avon dated 16 December 2021.

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