County Council Listens to Public Response

Somerset County Council has thanked people who turned up to a meeting last night to discuss the improvements at Huntworth Roundabout in Bridgwater.

The authority has pledged to listen to their views as the scheme, which it a key part of transport infrastructure plans for the town, moves forward.

Cllr David Fothergill, Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport at Somerset County Council, said: “People came in their hundreds which showed not only that they had concerns but also a real commitment and sense of pride to the towns of North Petherton and Bridgwater.”

Somerset County Council and Sedgemoor District Council officers were there to showcase the plans for the roundabout improvements and talk about plans to manage the traffic and ease congestion during the works.

A number of important issues were raised, including the need to work closely with Highways England to utilise their motorway signs to help manage congestion during the roadworks.

Cllr David Fothergill added: “We were pleased to see so many people last night.  The purpose of the meeting was to explain the improvements and give people a chance to ask their important questions.

“This meeting is part of our work to tell people about the scheme and I hope more people will be encouraged to visit our website and have a look at the plans for these long awaited works.

“The long-term benefits of the scheme will be felt for years to come. However, I accept and apologise that this scheme may cause some disruption in the short-term. We will continue to talk to local residents and businesses and listen to their feedback.”

For more information on the scheme and to watch a short explanatory video explaining the works, visit: www.somerset.gov.uk/huntworth.