Staplegrove Road to partly close as new phase starts on £22m NIDR in Taunton

Somerset County Gazette: Harvey Siggs. Harvey Siggs.

DIVERSIONS will be put in place as work on the next phase of a major project to unlock £270million of investment in Taunton starts next week.

The £22million Northern Inner Distributor Road scheme, led by Somerset County Council, will provide a link from Priory Avenue to Staplegrove Road, aiming to ease congestion in the town centre and on Priorswood Road.

And it is hoped it will attract companies to set up offices, shops and leisure facilities, as well as homes, in Firepool.

The 40 Steps footbridge over the railway at Chip Lane has been removed and the construction of bases for the new cyclebridge has begun.

Work has also started on building the foundations of the new Firepool Bridge which will span the River Tone and Bridgwater to Taunton Canal – nine metre foundation piles have been bored down into the ground to support the new structure and a temporary bridge has been installed across the river to allow heavy machinery to access the area.

From next Wednesday (January 8), the council will be working to connect a new drainage system along Staplegrove Road – to do so safely, traffic will be prevented from travelling north beyond Richmond Road for up to two weeks.

Motorists needing to access Chip Lane from the south will be diverted via the Third Way, A38 and A3065 Silk Mills.

Cllr Harvey Siggs, Somerset County Council cabinet member for highways, said: “The NIDR is a really important investment in our county town, creating jobs and providing homes for local people.

“I’m pleased the work is progressing well and although this latest phase in Staplegrove Road will cause some disruption, we will do our best to keep this to a minimum.”

The NIDR will provide access to the Firepool regeneration site where there are ambitious plans for a riverside business, residential and shopping development which will create thousands of jobs and hundreds of homes in the area.

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5:26pm Sat 4 Jan 14

TauntonBloke29 says...

All good. But u simply do not believe businesses will wet up in the Firepool development. It has been empty for years. Where is the money? Why don't they pit it up for discussion again and see what else could go there? Supermarket? Swimming Pool? IKEA? Anything like that?
All good. But u simply do not believe businesses will wet up in the Firepool development. It has been empty for years. Where is the money? Why don't they pit it up for discussion again and see what else could go there? Supermarket? Swimming Pool? IKEA? Anything like that? TauntonBloke29

1:08am Sun 5 Jan 14

Jimmy Riddle says...

"Providing homes for local people" - I hope so. Of course it won’t work if all the houses are filled by people moving in from elsewhere and the quality of the town environment attracts only low-grade employment. The national vision for Taunton so far seems to have been to build as many new under-sized houses as possible, wherever possible, at the expense of the quality of life and environment. Taunton now seems to be over-crowded and, along with its’ market, has lost its’ character and charm.

It would be good to see it become a nice place to grow up and live in again, but as a 'Strategically Important Town’ in the government's Regional Spatial Strategy Taunton’s primary role seems to be to accommodate development instead. Presumably this enables other towns elsewhere to remain higher up the Halifax UK Quality of Life list. Local people – well we seem to be of little consequence.

If I were a developer, after a superficial consultation exercise, I'd build a ring road and acres of housing around Staplegrove, Norton Fitzwarren, Bridgwater, Wellington on Taunton's Green Wedge - everywhere. I'd build and rent discount stores, pubs and takeaways out on the Firepool site then take all the profit back to my nice house in Hart, Winchester, Wokingham or wherever - laughing all the way. This is all pure imagination of course, but sat in my affordable shoebox in litter-strewn Taunton I can still dream.
"Providing homes for local people" - I hope so. Of course it won’t work if all the houses are filled by people moving in from elsewhere and the quality of the town environment attracts only low-grade employment. The national vision for Taunton so far seems to have been to build as many new under-sized houses as possible, wherever possible, at the expense of the quality of life and environment. Taunton now seems to be over-crowded and, along with its’ market, has lost its’ character and charm. It would be good to see it become a nice place to grow up and live in again, but as a 'Strategically Important Town’ in the government's Regional Spatial Strategy Taunton’s primary role seems to be to accommodate development instead. Presumably this enables other towns elsewhere to remain higher up the Halifax UK Quality of Life list. Local people – well we seem to be of little consequence. If I were a developer, after a superficial consultation exercise, I'd build a ring road and acres of housing around Staplegrove, Norton Fitzwarren, Bridgwater, Wellington on Taunton's Green Wedge - everywhere. I'd build and rent discount stores, pubs and takeaways out on the Firepool site then take all the profit back to my nice house in Hart, Winchester, Wokingham or wherever - laughing all the way. This is all pure imagination of course, but sat in my affordable shoebox in litter-strewn Taunton I can still dream. Jimmy Riddle

1:22pm Thu 9 Jan 14

Mi_Coc says...

The main issue is for me the town has beconme gridlocked and I think any amount of roads wont help the volumes of traffic it has to cope with. Somerset Higwhays obession with thousands of traffic lights!!

The other issue is schools and doctors are full in some areas, you can't get a place for love nor money. We need to be getting the basics right before we go trying to attract more homes.

The development being built are to small and are crammed in. As result in some areas the police are driving around and night.
The main issue is for me the town has beconme gridlocked and I think any amount of roads wont help the volumes of traffic it has to cope with. Somerset Higwhays obession with thousands of traffic lights!! The other issue is schools and doctors are full in some areas, you can't get a place for love nor money. We need to be getting the basics right before we go trying to attract more homes. The development being built are to small and are crammed in. As result in some areas the police are driving around and night. Mi_Coc

1:25pm Thu 9 Jan 14

Mi_Coc says...

..at night and moaning that people are parked on pavements etc. What you are supposed to do when the raods are minimum 5.5m wide and everyone gets one space no matter how many beds you have!
..at night and moaning that people are parked on pavements etc. What you are supposed to do when the raods are minimum 5.5m wide and everyone gets one space no matter how many beds you have! Mi_Coc

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