A CLEANER, SAFER BRIDGWATER

The Bridgwater Transport Forum, chaired by Councillor Glen Burrows, is exploring ways to make Bridgwater safer, cleaner and more welcoming. This is in response to concerns about the effects of air and noise pollution on our health and well-being. Cllr. Burrows said “ We want to create an environment that is safe and healthy for…

BUS BACK BETTER – opportunities for improved bus services in Somerset

The UK Government has just launched a new national bus strategy for England entitled Bus Back Better. The Government’s believes ‘buses are the easiest, cheapest and quickest way to improve transport”. This national Bus Strategy is backed by £3 billion of new funding and forms a key plank in the Government’s twin agenda of “Levelling…

LIVEABLE NEIGHBOURHOODS 

Bridgwater Transport Forum members have set up a working party, called “Liveable Neighbourhoods”,  to explore ways in which Bridgwater can be made safer, greener and more welcoming. In March 2019, Public Health England (PHE), published a review of evidence on how to improve air quality in the UK. Air pollution is our biggest environmental threat…

Eastover Temporary Traffic Flow Scheme Suspended

The recent arrangements to restrict traffic flow in Eastover, East Quay and Salmon parade were a temporary solution to a long-term problem which was recognised in the Eastover Supplementary Planning document, published in 2014:“A major barrier to pedestrian footfall in the town centre from Fore Street to Eastover is the East Quay / Town Bridge…

Engine Idling Contributes to Air Pollution

Bridgwater Transport Forum, working with Bridgwater Town Council, is launching a campaign to encourage drivers to switch off their engines when their vehicle is stationary. A 2019 report  linked 40,00 deaths each year to air pollution, and engine idling contributes to these deaths, by increasing exhaust fumes in the atmosphere, which contain carbon dioxide, nitrogen…

Bridgwater History Day Saturday 28th November

Bridgwater people are extremely proud of their history and for the past 4 years ‘Bridgwater History Day’ has been an important part of the towns heritage calendar playing to full houses at the Bridgwater Arts Centre. This year we’re not going to let a global pandemic stop the march of time and so we’re hosting…

A SUSTAINABLE TRANSPORT PLAN FOR BRIDGWATER

Cllr Glen Burrows (Eastover) is Bridgwater Town Council’s Portfolio Holder for Transport. This week she was re-elected to the role and has produced a Sustainable Transport Plan for Bridgwater working with other Councillors and the Bridgwater Transport Forum. Here is that report. VISION Many problems arise from decades of car-centric planning within our towns &…

Bridgwater to get Town Centre Covid Testing Centre

Bridgwater Town Council has been working with Public Health England and Somerset County Council to ensure that the town urgently gets a centrally based Covid testing centre. Bridgwater Town Hall has been agreed as the location and arrangements are being made to free up on-street car parking so that people with symptoms aren’t forced to…

‘Black Lives Matter’ Brings Towns Together Again

Bridgwaters with and without the E Report by Cllr Brian Smedley Leader Bridgwater Town Council The rain started then stopped then started again. So, we gave up noticing. It was 2.30pm in the UK and 0930 across the Atlantic. Just over 100 socially distanced Black Lives Matters campaigners had gathered on the Brewery Field, Bridgwater…