On Your Side

County Councillor for the Lydeard Division.

Having been elected as the independent county councillor for Lydeard, I have worked hard to defend the interests of the people of the communities that I represent. Key successes include persuading the County Council to reverse some of the waste recycling site closures, which had caused a huge spike in flytipping and defending Bishops Lydeard Library and Children’s Centre from closure. I was also pleased to play a part in protecting the West Somerset Railway from the County Council’s potentially very damaging, now abandoned, sell-off. The railway saga and the never-appearing roundabout on the A358 have between them probably taken up over half of all the time I’ve spent on council duties, which has been a source of frustration.

As I enter the final year of the four-year term, I will be concentrating on pushing forward on the delivery of the cycle path connecting Bishops Lydeard, Cotford St Luke,Norton Fitzwarren and Taunton. The group of volunteers that I lead has made significant progress over the last few years, raising funds for, commissioning and completing a feasibility study, which identifies the likely route and the challenges we need to overcome. Now we need to formalise the route and get it built. More to come on this later in 2016.

Please use this website to keep track of what I’m working on and to influence my priorities by letting me know your views on local issues.

Keep up-to-date by following the above links to my Facebook page and Twitter feed.

Yet Another Crash at Lethal Bishops Lydeard Junction

November 2nd, 2016

file-02-11-2016-10-14-35Anyone driving on the A358 past Bishops Lydeard will be familiar with the dangerous junction with Station Road.  There have been numerous accidents at this junction in recent years including the recent death of Sally Eveleigh.  Taylor Wimpey were required to build a roundabout at the junction and while I welcome the fact that work has finally begun, it is years late.  For many years now we have been calling for a reduction in the speed limit on this stretch of road. The County Council knows that it is is dangerous, going so far as to erect a sign warning ‘Collision Site Ahead’ yet astonishingly maintains the national speed limit of 60mph at the junction.  Following the death of Mrs Eveleigh in April, I requested that the County Council reduce the speed limit in anticipation of the construction of the roundabout.  Again, the request was refused.  This morning saw another multi-vehicle collision so again, I ask “Please get on and impose the 30mph limit before there are any more accidents. You made us wait 4 years for the roundabout because you’ve not enough staff left to get the job done.  Now make this road safe.”file-02-11-2016-11-22-08