More Facebook trawling and this time it is gas works and traffic disruption from the page of Bude & Stratton Mayor, Bob Willingham
There is a schedule of works to be carried out Sept through November 2020 on the main Stratton Rd, which at present involves two way traffic using traffic lights.
The town council have already tried to get the work to be carried out in Jan Feb but have been told that ‘Wales and West’ have an statutory obligation to ensure the main gas pressure and that it wasn’t possible to delay the works.
A Zoom video conference meeting with Wales and West representatives was held on 6th August 8.30am which was attended by a Scott Mann MP and Martin Hemmerle (Woolacotts) (all traders were invited), myself and Pete La Broy. During the discussion a suggestion was made that a one way system was created which allowed traffic to constantly stream into town down Kings Hill and out along the Stratton Rd. As a group we agreed this would be the best compromise.
Wales and West have now contacted Cornwall Council:
As you’re aware, we have a permit granted for 2-way lights on Stratton Road, Bude from 21st September until 27th November to undertake phase 2 of our gas reinforcement works.
This has caused some concern amongst local business owners who have already suffered losses during the COVID-19 lockdown period.
We have now had significant discussions with Bude-Stratton Mayor Cllr Bob Willingham and Cornwall Cllr Peter La Broy, as well as MP Scott Mann who have all reflected the concerns of local businesses and request we take action.
To support business owners during the period of our works, we jointly request the implementation of a one-way system into and out of Bude.
With the route into the town off the A39 and onto A3073/Kings Hill, and the route out of town along A3072/Stratton Road past the Morrisons/Lidl roundabout back onto the A39, this would allow our work to be undertaken in the westbound carriageway.
I understand that we are beyond the period for requesting a permit for a one-way system, but hope that we can come to an agreement in the best interest of Bude’s business owners.