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Campaign launched to combat ‘pavement driving’ on The Butts

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VEHICLES driving on the pavement at The Butts, rather than wait for oncoming traffic, have been labelled as unacceptable by a Frome Town councillor.

Residents in the area have also expressed their concern about the problem, with reports of near-misses between pedestrians and vehicles driving on the pavement.

Traffic heading north from the mini-roundabout where The Butts meets with Rossiter’s Road, is mounting the pavement to continue their journey along The Butts. Drivers are choosing to drive on the pavement rather than wait for oncoming traffic – which is overtaking parked cars along The Butts – to pass. 

Cllr Scott Ward, who represents the Highpoint Ward, is working with residents in the area to collect evidence of the problem to present to the highways office at Somerset County Council. The group also intend to present potential solutions to the problem, which include double yellow lines on both sides of The Butts, and changing traffic flow to one-way only.

Speaking to Frome Times, cllr Ward said, “It’s not acceptable, there’s no reason for people to drive on the pavement. And let’s be honest, how much of a gain in time do they really get? 30 seconds? Is it worth it?

“Old fashioned stone gate posts have been knocked down along the road – and you have to hit them with a bit of force to knock one down. Is it worth the damage to your car? The damage to people’s property? 

“And most importantly is it worth the risk of hurting someone? Not only are you driving on the pavement, you might be going too fast, you might not be paying attention. Road rage comes into play, as no-one in a happy mood decides to mount the pavement!”

Cllr Ward has established a Facebook group for residents – creating a space for them to share concerns and solutions.

“I wanted to give them a place where they could get some guidance,” said cllr Ward, “not necessarily from me, but I can at least point them in the direction of where they could. One thing I suggested to them was to start keeping a log of not only incidents, but any complaints they have made to highways and the police.

“We need to prove that there is an issue – people saying that there is an issue is different to having proof of one. We are also figuring out ways to work with Somerset County Council who I believe in the past decided against double-yellow lines down both sides of The Butts to stop people parking. 

“Apparently they consider the cars that are parked there to be a natural traffic calming solution. In response to that, ideas that members of the public have put forward include could it be made a one-way street? Or curb extensions, creating give way areas to slow traffic down.

“Hopefully we can collect some positive ideas from the public that can be embraced by the relevant authorities.”

In response to questions from Frome Times  about the issue and how the council could help residents, a spokesperson for Somerset County Council said, “We are aware of some concerns raised about parking in this area. We will shortly be reviewing parking across Frome; these comments are appreciated and will be considered as part of the review.”  

4 Responses to Campaign launched to combat ‘pavement driving’ on The Butts

  1. T Painter

    July 2, 2019 at 8:18 pm

    I think it’s unfair that drivers going up the butts are getting all the blame. I regularly drive up The Butts and on a few occasions have had no choice to go on to the pavement as a car has forced its way down and not waited at a pull in regardless of the fact it was my right of way, it’s either that or had my car hit. It’s really disappointing that you’ve taken that point of view. Not everybody is impatient and cars coming down are as much to blame as well

  2. janet Merrett

    July 6, 2019 at 5:28 pm

    Maybe the people who park should use the much wider road at the bottom of their garden and then put a 20mile speed limit and double yellows on the Butts.

  3. Helen Walter

    July 9, 2019 at 4:30 pm

    I use the pa cement on the butts for walking to work and have had numerous occasions of cars mounting the pa cement as I walked towards them. There must be something someone to make the traffic flow easier. Why not traffic light each end giving motorists a equal chance to get through, or double yellow lines . Each house seems to have masses of parking at the back of their gardens. This is a accident waiting to happen, drivers being inpatient and not letting out of frome drivers escape the nightmare that is the Butts.

  4. C R Edmondson

    July 13, 2019 at 8:19 am

    As a resident of The Butts I have had correspondence with Somerset over many years regarding traffic along the road. only to be now told no money available and no refurbishment of lines or new lines will be entertained. Simple solution two rows of double yellow lines the length of an articulated lorry would go someway to aiding traffic flow and stop the use of driving on the pavement, or wait until a serious accident occurs, which surely must happen in the future.

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