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Lighten the Load A361

Glastonbury’s Green Councillors fully support the Lighten the Load campaign – please add your signature to petition HERE.

Recent petition update:
Happy New Year from Glastonbury! Finally a long awaited update from Lighten the Load A361. [3 Jan 2016]

Glastonbury Tor and Chalice Well are now in the top 5 on Tripadvisor, out of 383 attractions in Somerset! Both attractions are accessed from the perilously narrow A361.  But Somerset County Council refuses to re-route HGVs from Glastonbury’s Tourist Trail.

It is not too late to: SHARE THIS PETITION and COMPLAIN TO THE COUNCIL using the link below.

Please read on.

As I write, the ever increasing HGV traffic is shattering the peace of this ancient place of pilgrimage, endangering the lives of hundreds of thousands walking the narrow pavements. We continue to suffer broken sleep, stress and pollution while we watch accommodation businesses fold.

Complaints are vital, not least because County has recently claimed that – traffic has NOT increased – in spite of all experience to the contrary! – they will NOT fund traffic surveys, decibel, pollution and vibration testing for Glastonbury. The leaders of Highways have repeatedly failed to meet with Glastonbury Town Council.  With cramped fingers they hold on to the status quo, praying we will give up and go away.

Remember your last walk along the A361 for the Tor footpath with your friends/family/small children/dog on lead. Recall the thunder, the fumes, the high pitched noise of HGV engines, the lack of safe crossing places, the proximity of the traffic to your body on that 2 foot pavement.  The sleepless nights in homes or B&Bs along this route…  Recall trying to engage in ‘quiet reflection’ at the Chalice Well Gardens, ‘World Peace Gardens’ (alas not so peaceful).

Click on the link, scroll down to ‘Complaints’ and tell SCC about your experience – request they re-route HGVs away from Glastonbury’s Tourist Trail.

WE SHOULD NOT HAVE TO WORK THIS HARD ON SOMETHING SO OBVIOUS. SHAME ON COUNTY AND HIGHWAYS OFFICIALS FOR THE DISRESPECT THEY SHOW GLASTONBURY. Please help by posting your complaint today. Thank you so much for your time!

N.B We now have 6000+ combined paper and online signatures.  The A361 committee (set up by the Town Council in response to this campaign) has been working away quietly, building our case in support of the petition.  Date of petition handover to Somerset County still TBC

https://www.change.org/p/somerset-county-council-remove-glastonbury-from-the-freight-network?recruiter=42104583&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=cop

If you would like to contact Lighten the Load, please email: solutions@lightentheloadglastonbury.co.uk