The President's Heartbeat Message
21st April 2017
If you believe your business will be affected by road closures during the A30 drainage works scheduled for 25th July to 24th August, please call me on 07900-491211. After receiving calls from frustrated business owners, I have emailed, and await clarity from, senior figures at Somerset County Council Highways (SCCH). The works will involve a closure of the A30 Sherborne Road between Pen Mill Station bridge and the Babylon Hill Roundabout, at some point during the works. Details at www.travelsomerset.co.uk/roadworks/ - although the detail simply states ‘road closure’. While the (unacceptable) absence of support and clarity from SCCH continues, Chamber guidance is to direct any correspondence to David Fothergill, Somerset County Council Cabinet member for Highways, at DJAFothergill@somerset.gov.uk, quoting work reference LG210YEODR004779 – Yeovil, Sherborne Road (36610186), with a CC to firstname.lastname@example.org. As a minimum, give the name, location & nature of your business, and request individual guidance on access availability during the works. If you believe these roadworks will adversely impact on your turnover or ability to carry on trading during the affected period, you must ideally provide documentary evidence of this to SCC. There is never a good time for road closures, but these works need to take place, and are part of a tightly co-ordinated programme of works to upgrade Yeovil’s road systems. I will do everything we can to work with SCCH and minimise disruption to businesses affected by these works. If you experience any problems communicating with Councillor Fothergill, or have any questions or require guidance, please let me know.
I would also like to clarify that Somerset County Council Highways are the delivery agent for road works - not South Somerset District Council.
David Woan - President, Yeovil Chamber
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