'No quick fix' for New Road in Ilminster, says county's highways councillor

Cllr Harvey Siggs.

Cllr Harvey Siggs.

First published in News This is The West Country: Photograph of the Author by

NO quick fix is on the cards for the re-opening of New Road in Ilminster, according to the county councillor in charge of highways for Somerset.

Residents in neighbouring villages say they are annoyed about a lack of information from Somerset County Council about what repair work is taking place and when the road will re-open.

The News put their questions to Cllr Harvey Siggs, who said: “We appreciate that the closure of this road is causing inconvenience and I would like to thank all affected for their continued patience.

“This is an extremely complex operation and I’m afraid there is no quick fix – safety has to be our priority in this situation.

“We are doing everything we can to assess the damage and then make the necessary repairs but this will take time.

“We have experienced the wettest winter on record and the damage at New Road is significant and requires specialist civil engineers to assess the damage and plan the repairs carefully.”

The News understands the council is awaiting reports from geologists and highways bosses who need to give consideration to gas, water and electric utilities equipment under the road and ensure the stability of the houses next to it.

More than 100 people have signed the News’ petition to fix the road as soon as it is safe and forms will remain in the Summervale doctor’s surgery in Ilminster, Cottage Flowers and the town council offices until tomorrow (April 10).

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