PLANS to expand Weston’s crematorium have provoked an angry reaction from nearby residents, who say that using their road for construction traffic will present a variety of dangers.
Dignity Funerals has applied to build a new cemetery and memorial gardens next to the current site on Ebdon Road, Worle as well as a 75-space car park.
But part of the application includes temporarily using nearby Lyefield Road for construction traffic.
However, people living on that road say this will create a health and safety hazard and have urged the firm to rethink its strategy.
The plans, handed in to North Somerset Council last week, would see an increased chapel capacity as well as a new cemetery and memorial gardens, plus the car park, which would be built on five acres of farming land.
One resident, who asked not to be named, said: “Think of the cyclists and horse riders who use the road, the dangers of large heavy goods vehicles using the junction with Ebdon Road and the dangers to the refuse and recycling teams who have to collect in the road.
“I can only describe the proposals for the temporary site access in Lyefield Road as a joke and the request by Dignity to lift the heavy goods vehicle (HGV) restriction in the road to allow vehicles up to a maximum of 44 tonnes as ridiculous.
“There is a more suitable access where the impact on residents would be far less, as would the environmental impact, and it would be far safer.”
Cllr Marcia Pepperell, the council’s ward member for North Worle, said: “I am very disappointed with Dignity because earlier this year I arranged a meeting at the crematorium with two members of their management team.
“They both assured me that they would not want to use Lyefield Road as an access for construction traffic.
“I then passed this assurance on to the residents. I am hoping to meet up with the management team again this week.”
Steve Gant, Dignity’s general crematorium manager, said: “The new development will require a temporary access for construction traffic during the works and a traffic management regime has been proposed in the planning application submitted.”
A spokesman for North Somerset said: “We have received a planning application that will be determined in the normal way and anyone who wants to object or share their thoughts on it can let us know, and it will be dealt with in the normal manner.”