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A303 Sparkford to Ilchester Dualling
From Sparkford Parish Clerk
The proposed construction of the dual carriageway between Sparkford and Podimore will have benefits for the Parish of Sparkford but there are areas of concern with the proposal.
1. Statements made by the applicant state that during construction and after completion traffic through Sparkford high Street will increase. There are already problems with speeding traffic and rat running through the high Street at peak times, including weekends and holiday periods. Highways England have made no attempt to mitigate this by providing a traffic calming scheme for Sparkford High Street.
2. The design of the Hazelgrove Junction is not designed in accordance with the design manual for roads and bridges, there are no examples of this design and layout on the strategic roads network. The design will increase the distance travelled to access the east bound carriageway of the A303 and the A359 at Sparkford and will encourage traffic to travel through Sparkford high Street instead, increasing the environmental impact on our community. It is intended to raise the new road up on an embankment across Hazelgrove Park, this will increase noise levels around our village and in the vicinity of Hazelgrove School. It will unnecessarily take up more land within Hazelgrove park which is listed parkland and will increase the distance travelled by pupils attending Hazelgrove School which sits in the parkland.
3. The applicant also refuses to accept the need to retain the old A303 as a parallel road alongside the new dual carriageway which would give greater resilience to the A303 and improve access for local traffic.
4. The public rights of way will also be affected and protracted by the door design of the Hazelgrove junction with walkers and horse riders forced to walk or ride along access roads to join rights of way within Hazelgrove park.”