Flood fears over development plans

First published in Letters

REFERENCE “Developers hope to allay fears over store plan” (Journal, January 2). One point I would like to query and especially in view of the recent and forthcoming predicted rainfall is the developers’ answer regarding the concern over flood risk in the area.

The developers say that “flood risk in the area will be adequately alleviated by the natural wetland area and by tanks being put in under the store to ensure heavy rain is gradually fed into the nearby River Avon”.

Rivers cause flooding when their banks burst, so what happens if all this excess water which is at present lying in the flooded marsh area of the proposed site is pushed into the river from the proposed tanks and causes the A36 to flood from the river? Is it not time to think about leaving water meadows for the purpose for which they are there?

A second point is regarding the store site, which again has been addressed by public concern. Why another store when there is already a Lidl and a Tesco superstore and nothing in Wilton Road? It will bring even more traffic onto the already congested A36.

I did attend the public viewing of the proposed site at the Red Lion hotel last year when the public were able to speak with the developer’s representatives and also to leave comments. I asked about building on Wilton Road and the answer I received was that this site on the A36 is the only site available.

JACQUELINE EXLEY, Salisbury

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10:09am Fri 10 Jan 14

J Kraft says...

Driving down the A30, I came across a diversion at Barford, into Burcombe, due to the flooding around the bridge. However, there were no further signs, directing traffic back onto the A30 beyond Burcombe, so any non-local traffic would have had a long detour into Wilton. Even worse, on my return journey, no warning of the road closure at the point where a short detour would have taken me back on to the A30, but another sign, on the corner, at which point the only way forward is through Dinton and beyond. No further signage to take unsuspecting motorists back to the A30, so if you didn't have a satnav (and not everyone does) you would presumably find yourself on the A350! Quite a detour! I realise the situation is difficult at the moment, but this has been going on for almost a week now. Surely time to get some signs sorted.
Driving down the A30, I came across a diversion at Barford, into Burcombe, due to the flooding around the bridge. However, there were no further signs, directing traffic back onto the A30 beyond Burcombe, so any non-local traffic would have had a long detour into Wilton. Even worse, on my return journey, no warning of the road closure at the point where a short detour would have taken me back on to the A30, but another sign, on the corner, at which point the only way forward is through Dinton and beyond. No further signage to take unsuspecting motorists back to the A30, so if you didn't have a satnav (and not everyone does) you would presumably find yourself on the A350! Quite a detour! I realise the situation is difficult at the moment, but this has been going on for almost a week now. Surely time to get some signs sorted. J Kraft
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4:05am Mon 13 Jan 14

IanMcL says...

I drove to Yeovil and back on Saturday and the sat nav took me via the A303, as the A30 was closed owing to floods. I came home on the A30 and not a puddle from Yeovil to Salisbury. Virtually empty road and at the same time, sat nav stated "A303 Stationary traffic for 6 miles" and "A36 slow traffic for 4 miles"

Just shows that sat navs sometimes lead you astray!
I drove to Yeovil and back on Saturday and the sat nav took me via the A303, as the A30 was closed owing to floods. I came home on the A30 and not a puddle from Yeovil to Salisbury. Virtually empty road and at the same time, sat nav stated "A303 Stationary traffic for 6 miles" and "A36 slow traffic for 4 miles" Just shows that sat navs sometimes lead you astray! IanMcL
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