Anger over Sainsbury's access plan

Anger over Sainsbury's access plan

Anger over Sainsbury's access plan

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A SUPERMARKET’S plans for a second access to its Bridgwater store will cause a dangerous rat run for boy racers, it is claimed.

Sainsbury’s wants to create a new ‘Leggar link road’ to open up its store to cars from The Drove and Quantock Terrace.

The Leggar is currently a culdesac only accessed from The Clink, but under the plans its bollards would be removed.

The road would also see around 20 on-street parking spaces wiped out on the Quantock Terrace
junction with double yellow lines up to a mini-roundabout.

The plan has sparked a stream of complaints as many people say there is no alternative parking for miles around.

A 30-signature petition has been sent to Sedgemoor District Council objecting to the miniroundabout scheme.

Resident Stephen Griffin says in his letter: “Quantock Terrace is a quiet cul-de-sac, and houses many families with young children who regularly enjoy playing and riding in the street
due to it not being a through road.”

Mr P. MacDonald, another objector, said: “Before The Leggar was blocked off to vehicles it was a danger to pedestrians.

“There were speeding vehicles and intimidation by drivers to pedestrians, and it will be worsened by making it a two-way access.

“The Leggar, if opened, will be used as a rat run by joy riders during the day and all night as
they do at the moment on and outside the retail park.”

Some nearby companies back the scheme, saying it will help prevent congestion to the site.

In its application Sainsbury’s says it is just a progression from previous planning applications
where the intention was always to open up The Leggar.

It says the council also had aspirations for the Leggar Link route as outlined in its core strategy in 2011.

A council spokeswoman said: “The completion of the Leggar Link through to Quantock Terrace has been an identified highway scheme for over 20 years.

“The scheme has an important role in terms of town centre traffic management as well as
improving access to the existing retail park.”

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7:34pm Wed 13 Aug 14

BridgwaterSteve says...

The mini roundabout seems a bizarre idea but overall it should help congestion getting to and from Sainsbury's and the retail park.
The mini roundabout seems a bizarre idea but overall it should help congestion getting to and from Sainsbury's and the retail park. BridgwaterSteve
  • Score: 14

8:08pm Wed 13 Aug 14

chris6273 says...

I hope they make it two way - One of the most annoying things in the Retail Park & Sainsburys is getting out, let alone getting in!
I hope they make it two way - One of the most annoying things in the Retail Park & Sainsburys is getting out, let alone getting in! chris6273
  • Score: 13

9:08pm Wed 13 Aug 14

OldBatonaBike says...

This would be a retrograde step. Supermarkets are surrounded by car parks and roads with very little thought given to providing safe access for cyclists and pedestrians. If the car drivers have to wait a little longer to get in and out so what? Upgrade the Leggar route for cyclists and pedestrians.
This would be a retrograde step. Supermarkets are surrounded by car parks and roads with very little thought given to providing safe access for cyclists and pedestrians. If the car drivers have to wait a little longer to get in and out so what? Upgrade the Leggar route for cyclists and pedestrians. OldBatonaBike
  • Score: -14

11:48pm Wed 13 Aug 14

bygeorge says...

A one way system would be the best bet.
A one way system would be the best bet. bygeorge
  • Score: 0

7:39am Thu 14 Aug 14

Bexster1981 says...

It's about time they reopened it I used to use this a lot to access sainsburys - and I'm no "boy racer"! Another improvement they could carry out is behind currys there is that mini slip road if that accessed the car park from there and the entrance to the retail park as it is now becomes an exit only that would reduce the heavy traffic trying to get in an out. The design now puts me off going. I often park elsewhere and walk in as I get very annoyed taking ages to get out again
It's about time they reopened it I used to use this a lot to access sainsburys - and I'm no "boy racer"! Another improvement they could carry out is behind currys there is that mini slip road if that accessed the car park from there and the entrance to the retail park as it is now becomes an exit only that would reduce the heavy traffic trying to get in an out. The design now puts me off going. I often park elsewhere and walk in as I get very annoyed taking ages to get out again Bexster1981
  • Score: 22

8:59am Thu 14 Aug 14

mikeymike says...

HOORAY!!!!! About dam time someone with half a brain (apart from EVERYONE else) realised you need more access to the retail park!!
HOORAY!!!!! About dam time someone with half a brain (apart from EVERYONE else) realised you need more access to the retail park!! mikeymike
  • Score: 20

11:10am Thu 14 Aug 14

Itsmeagen says...

The Town Bridge is only one aspect of this. I think the town planners over the years nave never addressed the road infrastructure around Bridgwater properly and everything is coming home to roost, and it seems, gradually a standstill. Opening up The Leggar will help. Traffic queues back on to the Cross Rifles roundabout these days because of tailbacks from the traffic lights at the Leggar. I find it difficult to believe that better access and exit was not part of the original planning requirement for the retail park, but we did get the new bridge out of it. The population of Bridgwater is going to continue growing so the traffic situation is not going to get better. Tesco in Northgate (if it goes there) could end up creating another bottle neckas far as traffic is concerned.
The Town Bridge is only one aspect of this. I think the town planners over the years nave never addressed the road infrastructure around Bridgwater properly and everything is coming home to roost, and it seems, gradually a standstill. Opening up The Leggar will help. Traffic queues back on to the Cross Rifles roundabout these days because of tailbacks from the traffic lights at the Leggar. I find it difficult to believe that better access and exit was not part of the original planning requirement for the retail park, but we did get the new bridge out of it. The population of Bridgwater is going to continue growing so the traffic situation is not going to get better. Tesco in Northgate (if it goes there) could end up creating another bottle neckas far as traffic is concerned. Itsmeagen
  • Score: 8

12:42pm Thu 14 Aug 14

'tis true says...

I'm assuming if they are creating a mini roundabout then it will be 2 way through the link road. If thats the case as long as they stop folk parking along the side of Sainsburys it will take a lot of the strain away from the Clink entrance. I do feel sorry for the residents of Quantock Road having said that.

Perhaps while they are doing that they can move the crossing between Cross Rifles and Sainsburys . It should never have been put on the bend off of the roundabout in the first place.
I'm assuming if they are creating a mini roundabout then it will be 2 way through the link road. If thats the case as long as they stop folk parking along the side of Sainsburys it will take a lot of the strain away from the Clink entrance. I do feel sorry for the residents of Quantock Road having said that. Perhaps while they are doing that they can move the crossing between Cross Rifles and Sainsburys . It should never have been put on the bend off of the roundabout in the first place. 'tis true
  • Score: 11

12:12pm Tue 19 Aug 14

macoo52 says...

at last some ones doing something about the traffic chaos in this area I feel sorry for the residents but that lane was open for years and there was no hold up's any where round that area
at last some ones doing something about the traffic chaos in this area I feel sorry for the residents but that lane was open for years and there was no hold up's any where round that area macoo52
  • Score: 2

5:10pm Tue 19 Aug 14

MartinB58 says...

Something needs to be done to improve getting in and out of Sainsburys and the outlets in the Bridgwater Retail Park as the queues in both direction can be terrible. However, is pushing traffic through into a largely residential area the solution? Personally I think not especially as it would make a nice round circuit for the "boy racers". Maybe an entrance/exit on Wylds Road would be a better solution (by opening up a route through to where the delivery vehicles come in/out?). If done properly with exhaust ripping speed bumps on all entrances/exits it could ease the current congestion and slow down the "boy racers".
Something needs to be done to improve getting in and out of Sainsburys and the outlets in the Bridgwater Retail Park as the queues in both direction can be terrible. However, is pushing traffic through into a largely residential area the solution? Personally I think not especially as it would make a nice round circuit for the "boy racers". Maybe an entrance/exit on Wylds Road would be a better solution (by opening up a route through to where the delivery vehicles come in/out?). If done properly with exhaust ripping speed bumps on all entrances/exits it could ease the current congestion and slow down the "boy racers". MartinB58
  • Score: 0

12:32pm Thu 21 Aug 14

swjoduk says...

MartinB58 wrote:
Something needs to be done to improve getting in and out of Sainsburys and the outlets in the Bridgwater Retail Park as the queues in both direction can be terrible. However, is pushing traffic through into a largely residential area the solution? Personally I think not especially as it would make a nice round circuit for the "boy racers". Maybe an entrance/exit on Wylds Road would be a better solution (by opening up a route through to where the delivery vehicles come in/out?). If done properly with exhaust ripping speed bumps on all entrances/exits it could ease the current congestion and slow down the "boy racers".
The proposal is a sensible one but was better in an earlier application. I think that banned right turns out of the business park, had to go left down to the roundabout, right round it and back out to the clink.

I do think there desperately needs to be another entrance/exit though.

I do share Oldbatonabikes concerns about a lack of pedestrian and cycle facilities though.

At the moment there is a high pedestrian demand from the retail park to Sainsburys, particularly college students.

There are no pedestrian crossing points or islands for the roundabout or further along the Leggar which seems plain mad and will be accidents waiting to happen.
[quote][p][bold]MartinB58[/bold] wrote: Something needs to be done to improve getting in and out of Sainsburys and the outlets in the Bridgwater Retail Park as the queues in both direction can be terrible. However, is pushing traffic through into a largely residential area the solution? Personally I think not especially as it would make a nice round circuit for the "boy racers". Maybe an entrance/exit on Wylds Road would be a better solution (by opening up a route through to where the delivery vehicles come in/out?). If done properly with exhaust ripping speed bumps on all entrances/exits it could ease the current congestion and slow down the "boy racers".[/p][/quote]The proposal is a sensible one but was better in an earlier application. I think that banned right turns out of the business park, had to go left down to the roundabout, right round it and back out to the clink. I do think there desperately needs to be another entrance/exit though. I do share Oldbatonabikes concerns about a lack of pedestrian and cycle facilities though. At the moment there is a high pedestrian demand from the retail park to Sainsburys, particularly college students. There are no pedestrian crossing points or islands for the roundabout or further along the Leggar which seems plain mad and will be accidents waiting to happen. swjoduk
  • Score: 0

12:38pm Thu 21 Aug 14

swjoduk says...

Hangon Mercury, Sainsbury's application was withdrawn after registration!

There is an earlier one though 08/13/00132 for similar which did get approved!!
Hangon Mercury, Sainsbury's application was withdrawn after registration! There is an earlier one though 08/13/00132 for similar which did get approved!! swjoduk
  • Score: 0

3:03pm Fri 22 Aug 14

GettingrichfromHinkley says...

I hope they do it. Not my fault the residents down there cant afford a house with a driveway.
I hope they do it. Not my fault the residents down there cant afford a house with a driveway. GettingrichfromHinkley
  • Score: -1

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