Mendip District Council statement: Major Roads Network - A361 Glastonbury/Pilton bypass and the A39 Walton/Ashcott bypass

Somerset County Council and the Peninsula Transport Board have put forward high-level schemes to tackle transport issues across the whole of the South West.

Two of the nine schemes fall within the Mendip District Council area, and progressed through to submission to the Department for Transport in July 2019.

They include the A361 Glastonbury/Pilton Bypass, submitted under the Major Road Network category, and the A39 Walton/Ashcott bypass in the Large Local Majors category.

Information regarding the schemes was placed in the public domain via the Peninsula Transport Board website in July 2019.

In the spirit of transparency, and in good faith, Mendip District Council felt it appropriate to share this public information with communities, and to begin early-days discussions at Parish Council level.

The information-sharing took the form of briefings to representatives of Parish Councils directly affected by the proposals. While many briefings have taken place, there are more to come.

Various early-stage options were included in the briefings. They were indicative, and in no way considered to be preferred options.

In the event the schemes go forward for funding approval, they will be led by Somerset County Council, as will any public consultations (scheduled for mid-2020), and in which Mendip District Council will be a consultee.

Cllr Ros Wyke, Leader of Mendip District Council, said: "We understand the need to address transport issues in the region, to reduce pollution, improve road safety and support sustainable movement and access. We also need to take into account the pressures on our rural roads.

"However, in tackling the bigger picture, local people must have their say as we recognise the impact road building schemes have on our communities, landscape and the environment.

"Following a Cabinet meeting last night, we witnessed concerns about the indicative routes, which is why Mendip District Council is taking the lead for its communities by sharing information and ensuring they are informed."

Additional information:

Glastonbury/Pilton scheme

Peninsula Transport: Major Road Network

Walton/Ashcott scheme

Peninsula Transport: Large Local Major Schemes