Locals call wavy street lines “Balamory from hell”

Pete Brooks added, “I’m not kidding, the squiggly lines are across driveways to allow vehicles to swerve to get around and into their driveways without crossing the white line.”

Others described the lines as “snake track” while another described them as “Balamory from hell for a motorcycle”.

North Somerset Council said the lines aim to make the road narrower and slow traffic. It’s also hoped the wavy lines will help reduce unwanted parking.

“A wavy line gives certainty”

A council spokesman said: “The lines are a design feature to reduce the potential abuse of parking in these locations and to help make the road feel narrower, which is a technique used to slow traffic speeds. In this case, the area borders the Sailing Club entrance, so it must be kept clear.

“A wavy line unsettles the driver and has been proven to help prevent unintentional parking.”

The squiggly lines are to be refined with a surface treatment in the spring. The spokesman added: “Warmer weather is needed for the topping to be applied.”

Calls have been numerous since work began to abolish the changes to the seafront.

Activists, locals and businesses say the program is unnecessary and a waste of money as it makes the coast more dangerous and adversely affects trade. Their concerns were backed up in a report by the Highways Advisor, which highlighted a number of safety concerns about the scheme.

Concerns have also been raised about the lack of lighting in certain areas of the program. The full report, detailing all the safety issues, has now been sent by North Somerset MP Liam Fox to the Foreign Secretary for Transport Mark Harper, who has asked if there is precedent for stopping the scheme – or it seen changed – highlighted for concern.

dr Fox said: “I have visited the site on numerous occasions, accompanied by residents and traders whose initial fears about the impact of the program have been more than confirmed.

“We would like to know if there are mechanisms in place to stop the system and if there are any precedents that your department is aware of where similar systems have been stopped or forcibly changed due to security concerns.

“A huge amount of public money is being spent on solving a problem that doesn’t really exist. We do not currently have any major road safety issues on the Clevedon seafront although it is a Victorian convenience. However, due to the incompetent plans of the current North Somerset Council, we will have security issues in the future.

“The project is not popular, not safe, not affordable, not properly consulted and not necessary. It will damage historic amenities, will disadvantage visitors, particularly the elderly, will disrupt local commerce and impede access for residents.”

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