Traffic becomes gridlocked outside Sedgemoor Crematorium

Traffic becomes gridlocked outside Sedgemoor Crematorium

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THIS was the scene outside Sedgemoor Crematorium in Stretcholt as traffic became gridlocked by cars parked at the side of the road.

The photos were sent in by Alison Bird, who runs a building business from the village with her husband.

She told the Weekly News: “The road to our village was totally blocked due to cars parking down Red Lane.

It was total gridlock and very dangerous, as cars were backing out onto the main A38. When planning consent was given for Sedgemoor Crematorium, the villagers were promised it would not cause any disruption to people who lived in Stretcholt.

“This is not the first time cars have been backed out onto the main road, as the slow progression of funeral corteges also causes this problem when they stop as they reach the gates to the crematorium.”

Mrs Bird said the road was blocked for over 30 minutes until the funeral had finished, but guests were unable to leave, as the entrance was blocked by vehicles trying to drive to the village that had become stuck behind parked cars.

She added: “It affected many businesses. There were people with lorries, horse boxes, vans and tractors all trying to do a day’s work who had to just sit and wait.

“Something really needs to be done about this before someone gets seriously hurt. Maybe there could be ‘no parking’ signs in the lane.”

John Proffitt, national operations manager for Westerleigh Group, which runs the crematorium, said: “We have over 80 parking spaces, our chapel holds 100 people, as well as being able to park cars on the verges within the site so people can park off the road – this exceeds the national recommendation for crematoria parking.

“We always have staff available to ensure visitors are directed to the most appropriate parking.We hope residents in Stretcholt have benefited from the extensive widening work carried out to the entrance of Red Lane.

“This was a one off event, where every precaution had been taken, including lengthening the service time and having staff on hand.

“We would though urge visitors not to park on the road and wait for our staff to guide them to an appropriate space as there should be more than adequate parking available.”

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10:57pm Wed 5 Feb 14

Blue Owl says...

I was a Member of SDC Planning Commitee when this Application, came before us. The Owners assured us that they would hold only 4-5 cremations a week, that the numbers of vehicles attending any given Cremation, would be able to park within the Landscaped Surroundings.
We queried, as to whether, if it was a Funeral of say a child, or a very popular local resident, whom had many connections in life, the Parking facilities would be sufficient, the response was affirmative.
What, many of us thought, would happen, is the The SCC Highways Authority, would actually put a round-about, on the Main A38 with its junction to the Stretcholt turning, thus making the Access and Egress better for all concerned, who live and have businesses in the area.
This would have slowed Traffic down, considerably, making the area safer, and reducing the need for queuing back onto the A38.
But that as a solution, was to simple and easy for SCC Highways, there have been a few accidents over the last 30-40 years, on this stretch of A38 from
The Petrol Station/ Garage on the hill through to West Huntspill, and the Crossways Public House.
Obviously, now the Council with need to go and White line the edges of the Highway, to restrict parking actually on the Highway, Lane outside the Crem.
David L Preece
Blue-Owl
I was a Member of SDC Planning Commitee when this Application, came before us. The Owners assured us that they would hold only 4-5 cremations a week, that the numbers of vehicles attending any given Cremation, would be able to park within the Landscaped Surroundings. We queried, as to whether, if it was a Funeral of say a child, or a very popular local resident, whom had many connections in life, the Parking facilities would be sufficient, the response was affirmative. What, many of us thought, would happen, is the The SCC Highways Authority, would actually put a round-about, on the Main A38 with its junction to the Stretcholt turning, thus making the Access and Egress better for all concerned, who live and have businesses in the area. This would have slowed Traffic down, considerably, making the area safer, and reducing the need for queuing back onto the A38. But that as a solution, was to simple and easy for SCC Highways, there have been a few accidents over the last 30-40 years, on this stretch of A38 from The Petrol Station/ Garage on the hill through to West Huntspill, and the Crossways Public House. Obviously, now the Council with need to go and White line the edges of the Highway, to restrict parking actually on the Highway, Lane outside the Crem. David L Preece Blue-Owl Blue Owl
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