Local MP Tessa and Jim Baker, a Wedmore butcher, farmer and parent met Chris Betty, Senior Traffic Engineer at Somerset County Council to discuss improving safety on the notorious stretch of road between Wedmore and Cheddar.
There have been a large number of incidents and injuries and, unfortunately, some have lost their lives on the B3151 between the two villages and following enquiries from concerned residents in Cocklake, Clewer and Wedmore, Tessa contacted people in the area to listen to their views.
Suggestions discussed with Chris during the meeting were measures to reduce speed in the area better pedestrian access on the Lower New Road Bridge near Cheddar and hedge cutting to aid visibility and safety for pedestrians where there is no pavement.
Tessa said, “I am grateful to Chris for taking the time during his busy schedule to meet with Jim and me to assess the situation. This stretch of road needs to be improved to take account of increased traffic and high speeds at which vehicles travel. When I hear back from Chris on proposals I will write to those who have raised their concerns.”
Local MP Tessa joined Fairlands Middle School in Cheddar for their annual ‘Communities Week’ where students meet with people from all walks of life, explore their communities and find out more about what makes their local area tick.
Tessa gave a quick talk explaining how her role as an MP links in with the community followed by some insightful questioning from the 10 and 11 year olds.
Speaking after the event Tessa said: “Fairlands School has such a friendly atmosphere and this definitely seems to help the children learn. The recent Ofsted report showing further improvement is no surprise to me. An excellent team, lovely kids and results to prove it.”
To celebrate English Tourism week and to show her support for Somerset Tourism, local MP Tessa joined staff at the world famous Gorge and Caves to learn some of the key skills in becoming a guide.
English Tourism Week is a week-long celebration of events showcasing the quality and vibrancy of visitor experiences and the value the industry brings to our nation. Tessa joined staff at Cheddar Gorge to show support for English Tourism and the benefit of the visitor economy to Cheddar and the wider economy of Somerset.
Tessa was on hand along with Cheddar Gorge CEO, David Bradley to provide an insight into the daily tasks undertaken by Cheddar’s expert tour guides. During the morning they were involved in delivering a tour of the caves, a Gorge bus tour and even flint-napping skills at the museum of pre-history.
Tessa said: “It was great to spend some time in and around Cheddar Gorge this week. Cheddar is one of the jewels in the crown of tourist attractions in the South West and I am keen to support and promote it as much as possible.”
Both Tessa and David Bradley were joined by children from Fairlands Middle School in Cheddar who were acting as visitors for the tour of the Gorge and Caves.
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