Urgently needed repairs to large potholes in North St car park are being delayed because of drivers using the car park as an illegal short-cut from Fore St to North St – cutting out a wait at the town centre traffic lights.
Former mayor Dave Mitton raised the issue of repairs at September’s town council meeting. He asked if the £20,000 earmarked by Taunton Deane was still available.
Town clerk Greg Dyke confirmed that TDBC had the money but its attitude was “we need to sort out the rat-run first”. A lively debate followed this news.
“The so-called rat-run serves a purpose and relieves congestion at the lights,” said Cllr Hunt, before Cllr Govier added that any motorist using the car-park as a short-cut is committing an offence.
“The rat-run is part of a bigger picture for Somerset Highways to resolve but I’m concerned that TDBC are using this as an excuse not to carry out these urgent repairs,” said Cllr Govier.
Last word went to Cllr Biscoe who warned that the potholes were actually more like craters. “If a cyclist goes into one then you could have a serious casualty,” he warned.