A303 Sparkford to Ilchester Dualling

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A303 Sparkford to Ilchester Dualling

Received 17 September 2018
From The Red Lion Inn


My husband and I own the Red Lion Babcary located directly off the A303.

We have looked at the submitted planning application for the A303 Sparkford to Ilchester Dualling, and we are really concerned....

The village, let alone the Pub has been completely cut off from the south side of the A303 from the East direction in the application, and other than a huge diversion coming off at the Yeovilton turning, and going back on yourselves to go over the bridge, and then fork off to Steart Hill, we will lose the vast majority of trade for our business which makes up approximately £75,000.00

This plan will be Hugely detrimental to us and our business as we discussed in a meeting with the project managers at Sparkford Hall at the planning stage, and all the other public meetings. It seems that none of the practical solutions we suggested made any difference ? (Having a slip road connecting to the roundabout just past Howell Hill would have been a perfect solution ) have been ignored. Financially this will be devastating to our business, in which we employ 25 people

Also all the signage, planning applications etc that we have paid out thousands for, and all the time it took to get it through, let alone all the information we have on our web site, customer reviews, review pages etc etc that says to visitors we are just off the A303 ? All that will become null and void.

In 15 years of improving, and reinvesting in our rural business, we are now in the position that one of our main income streams will be denied to us with this planning application.
Surely central Government has a duty to rural businesses, in particular the village pub, which is central to the local community.

Kind regards
Charles and Clare Garrard