Major Yeovil drainage scheme on hold to avoid run-up to Christmas

A major drainage scheme proposed to take place in Yeovil before Christmas has been put on hold following discussions with the community and local business groups.

Somerset County Council had been considering taking advantage of a window of opportunity between other schemes to carry out drainage improvements on Sherborne Road in November.

Work would have been completed before December when there is a County Council embargo on roadworks in Yeovil to avoid disruption to businesses in the run-up to Christmas.

However, the authority has reviewed the scheme and decided instead to carry out the work next year, once other infrastructure improvements in the area are completed.

Cllr David Fothergill, Somerset County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways, said: “It’s fair to say there is never a good time to carry out major roadworks, especially when it involves a key route into one of our biggest towns.

“We already put a stop to roadworks in December to minimise disruption for businesses, however, we do try to listen to our communities and we appreciate that November is still an important time for local traders.

“The last thing we want is to impact on anyone’s Christmas, so I’m pleased we’ve been able to put the scheme on hold for now. I hope this decision will be welcomed and businesses, shoppers and local people across Yeovil can now enjoy the best possible start to the festive season.”

The scheme was proposed because parts of Sherborne Road in Yeovil are showing signs of significant structural failure with 49 carriageway defects repaired since April 2015.

In order to tackle the fundamental structural issues at this location, the County Council needs to upgrade drainage before full carriageway resurfacing can take place at a later date.

Cllr Fothergill added: “This scheme still needs to take place and the road will continue to deteriorate until it does. However, we’ll continue to keep an eye on the road and repair any defects on a reactive basis.

“We’ll also work closely with the community to promote full details of the revised scheme next year.”

Due to other infrastructure improvements in the Lyde Road area, this scheme is now likely to be deferred until next summer.

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