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Church Road and Blakes Road closure – reminder

Notice board for Church Road closure
Map showing croad closure

We have been told that Church Road will be closed from the junction with Crossfield Close to the junction with Blakes Road, extending 55 metres into Blakes Road. According to the official closure notice the closure is expected to start on Monday 28th November and last for 4 days until Thursday 1st December, but, as you can see, the on-site boards predict an 8-day closure! The closure will be between the hours of 08:00 and 17:00 daily.

The closure is to enable Jurassic Fibre to install ducting and a new chamber. The online map shows the extent of the closure.

From the pop-up links on the map, it appears that the work will continue in Blakes Road from Thursday 1st to Monday 5th December, but that the road will remain open to traffic.

Temporary traffic lights on Wembdon Rise 23rd to 25th November

We have been told that contractors for Jurassic Fibre will again be working on Wembdon Rise. They will be using three-way temporary traffic lights at the junctions with both Homberg Way and Inwood Road. The official notice spans the period 18:30 on Wednesday 23rd to 06:30 on Friday 25th, but, as before, the temporary lights will probably only be in use overnight.

For further information, contact Jurassic Fibre on 01392 345600, quoting works reference C9002BW-D35-S005-P026-2.

Vacancy for Parish Councillor

Following the resignation of Richard Webber, a vacancy has arisen in the office of Councillor for the Victoria Ward of the Parish of Wembdon. 

Please click on this notice which contains details of how this vacancy will be filled.

To qualify to stand as a Councillor a person must be aged 18 years or older and be a citizen of the United Kingdom, any EU Country or any Commonwealth country and also meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Is, and thereafter continues to be, a local government elector in the parish of Wembdon or
  • During the whole of the 12 months preceding the date of appointment has occupied as owner or tenant any premises in the parish of Wembdon or
  • During the whole of the 12 months preceding the date of appointment has had a principle or only place of work in the parish of Wembdon or
  • During the whole of the 12 months preceding the date of appointment has resided either in the parish of Wembdon or within three miles of it.

There are a number of reasons why a person may not stand for this position.  These include if the person:

  • Is subject to a bankruptcy restrictions order, or an interim bankruptcy restriction order, or a debt relief restrictions order, or an interim debt restrictions order or
  • Has, within five years before the date of appointment, or since being appointed, been convicted of an offence in the UK, Channel Islands or Isle of Man which has imposed a sentence of imprisonment of three months or more (whether suspended or not) without the option of a fine.

Any person who is qualified to stand as a Councillor, and is interested in applying for this volunteer position, is asked to email the Parish Clerk at clerk@wembdon.org for further details.

Western Way temporary one-way system 14th to 18th November – reminder

Map showing road closure

A temporary one-way system will be in use over the river bridge on Western Way from Monday 14th to Friday 18th November. Traffic will not be able to cross the bridge from Wylds Road towards Wembdon.

The closure is to enable Wessex Water to carry out urgent leak repairs. The online map shows the extent of the closure, and the official closure notice is also online.

The Principal Communications Officer for Somerset County Council made the following statement earlier this week:

We wanted to make you aware of the above works by Wessex Water as these works have implications for the wider network surrounding Bridgwater.

Wessex Water require network occupation to attend to a mains water leak affecting the A39 Saltlands Bridge (A39 Western Way). The leak appears to be from a suspended water pipe beneath the bridge structure where it enters the side of the structure at approx. sub soil level in the bridge abutments. At this point in time the severity of the leak is unknown and there is a degree of urgency now it has been recognised. Until the ground is broken Wessex Water cannot fully confirm the length of time required for a repair, so Wessex Water have currently requested five days.

To allow Wessex Water to safely undertake the works a lane closure will be required as given the proximity to the signal controlled junction with The Drove, the use of portable traffic signals will not be suitable so a one way system will be put into place. The bridge will be closed to westbound traffic only so to provide a safe working area for the Wessex Water team undertaking the works. We anticipate these works may cause severe network congestion, particularly at peak hours as this route serves West Somerset and Hinkley Point, the signed diversion route will via Monmouth Street, Broadway and Wembdon Road.

Along with Wessex Water this morning our team met the both the Headteacher and Duty Headteacher of Chiltern [sic] Trinity School this morning to discuss the impact as footfall is around 500 – 600 pupils with approx. 260 arriving via Coach, this does not count the parents that drive to the school. While footfall will be maintained though [sic] the works site with marshals in place. Given the anticipated delays, the school had decided that a delayed start to the school day for the week may be the best approach. This will allow additional time for staff and the school buses to travel the diversion route. 

Transporting Somerset have been informed along with EDF and they have no concerns at present, we will use VMS signs on the A38 Bristol Road approach and will speak to National Highways to see if there are signage options so to encourage traffic for West Somerset to consider Junctions 24 & 25.

Temporary traffic lights on Wembdon Rise 9th to 11th November – update

Following telephone conversations with Jurassic Fibre and their contractors today we are able to provide further information:

  • The temporary lights were planned to be in place overnight only, for two nights, not during the day. This was not made clear in the original information supplied to us
  • When the contractors arrived yesterday evening, they realised that the fixed traffic lights would need to be turned off in order to allow the temporary lights to be used. Therefore work was abandoned last night.
  • There will now be temporary three-way traffic lights at the Homberg Way / Wembdon Rise junction and the Wembdon Rise / Inwood Road junction from 6:30 pm tonight (Thursday 10th November) until 8:30 am tomorrow.
  • There will be no audible disturbance to residents, as the work does not involve excavation.
  • The work may continue on additional nights, if a single night is not sufficient. The permit from Somerset County Council covers this possibility.

Closure of Wembdon Hill, Wembdon Orchard, and Keltings – advance warning

A Road Closed sign
Map showing closure of Wembdon Hill and side roads

We have been told that Wembdon Hill will be closed from outside number 1 (at the junction with Wembdon Rise and Church Road) to outside number 54. Wembdon Orchard and Keltings will also be closed. The closure is expected to start on Tuesday 6th December and to last for four days.

The closure is to enable Jurassic Fibre to dig down to install ducting for fibre. The online map shows the extent of the closure, and the official closure notice is also online.

The contractors have stated that emergency vehicles will be allowed through the work site.

The actual extent of the proposed closure is not clear, since the map shows the closure starting much higher up the hill than number 1.

More temporary traffic lights on Wembdon Rise 9th – 11th November

Jurassic Fibre will have temporary traffic lights at the Homberg Way / Wembdon Rise junction and the Wembdon Rise / Inwood Road junction.

Both sets of three-way temporary lights will be in place from 6:30 pm on Wednesday 9th November until 8:30 am on Friday 11th.

Church Road closure – advance warning

A Road Closed sign
Map showing croad closure

We have been told that Church Road will be closed from the junction with Crossfield Close to the junction with Blakes Road (and extending 55 metres into Blakes Road) for work which is expected to start on Monday 28th November and last until Thursday 1st December The closure will be between the hours of 08:00 and 17:00 daily.

The closure is to enable Jurassic Fibre to install ducting and a new chamber. The online map shows the extent of the closure, and the official closure notice is also online.

From the pop-up links on the map, it appears that the work will continue in Blakes Road from Thursday 1st to Monday 5th December, but that the road will remain open to traffic.

Temporary traffic lights Wembdon Rise / Homberg Way on 27th October

Somerset County Council will again have temporary traffic lights at the Wembdon Rise / Homberg Way junction. The work on Thursday 27th October is described as “Courtesy permit in support of TM placement for LG22292090594-01”, whatever that means!

The three-way temporary lights will be in place from 6:30 pm. The work could last until 11:30 pm.

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