Democracy drive: Council calls for greater transport scheme transparency

Mendip District Council is leading calls to address transport issues in the region and keep communities informed about major road-building projects.

Work first commenced in 2016 between Somerset County Council and Mendip on improving some of our major roads to reduce pollution, improve road safety and support sustainable movement and access.

The drive for democracy and greater transparency was recently demonstrated when private briefings were given by Mendip District Council to those Parish Clerks and Chairs named in the A361 Glastonbury/Pilton Bypass proposal.

This was one of two high-level road schemes put forward by Somerset County Council and the Peninsula Transport Board, and published and progressed through to submission to the Department for Transport, back in July 2019.

In the spirit of transparency, and in good faith, the local authority began early-day information-sharing briefings, outlining various indicative options, to representatives of Parish Councils named in the proposals.

The options, now currently being discussed publically, were not published by Mendip District Council. They are in no way considered to be preferred options, and indeed, Somerset County Council recognises more work is required on further options.

In the event the schemes go forward for funding approval, they will be led by the County Council. Full public consultations are scheduled for mid-2020, and Mendip District Council will be a consultee.

Additional information:

Glastonbury/Pilton scheme

Peninsula Transport: Major Road Network

Walton/Ashcott scheme

Peninsula Transport: Large Local Major Schemes

Somerset County Council

Somerset County Council