Results household survey
In a major household survey in Kingston St Mary (KSM) - among other topics - two major topics have been explored. The first concerns cycling and pedestrian routes: the importance of safe off-road pedestrian and cycle routes outside of the village centre (joining Kingston St Mary village and the wider parish to North Taunton), and routes to connect up the various parts of the parish.
The second topic is the concern with traffic speed and volume in the parish - a subject that is related closely to cycling and walking.
Cycle and pedestrian routes Kingston - Taunton
Walking and cycling is a key issue for a large majority of households but in general cyclists and walkers avoid using Kingston Road in order to gain access to Taunton, either for work or leisure, because of safety issues.
People are concerned about their children and grand-children using the road network. Many respondents commented that the roads are too dangerous and that they do not use Kingston Road, or avoid cycling altogether.
This subject was an area commented on by a large number of respondents. Cycling and walking from the village towards Taunton along the Kingston Road is a major negative for residents. Some cyclists get around the safety issues by taking a longer route via the country lanes; those who would like to walk are less likely to do so because it adds significantly to the journey time.
People recognise that cycling and walking has health benefits and that encouraging walking and cycling would reduce dependence on car usage and lower traffic volumes through the village.
Residents are aware that the North Taunton Development, and the Hinkley-C-project will lead to increased traffic volumes along Kingston Road and the resultant implications for safety to walkers and cyclists on the route into Taunton. Walking along the main road is currently an unpleasant experience and is likely to worsen over time.
For a sizeable majority of the Kingston population, it is important to extremely important to have off-road pedestrian and cycle routes that join Kingston St Mary village to North Taunton.
Further analysis shows that household composition affects people's views. For households with children aged 5 to 18 years, 93% would like a safe off-road route to Taunton and 84% want cycle routes around the parish.
Cycle routes, bridleways and footpaths around Kingston
The issue of safe cycle routes around the parish itself is as important as a safe route between Kingston and Taunton, with 3 in 4 households saying it is important to extremely important.
A similar proportion would like to see more bridleways and footpaths around the parish.
Traffic speed and volume
A large majority of residents in Kingston St Mary are very to extremely concerned about the speed of vehicles travelling through Kingston St Mary village. Those living along the main road through the village and those living on the roads feeding it have the greatest concerns.
Elsewhere in the parish a large majority share these concerns too.
There is a generally held very serious concern about the volume of traffic through the village and on some other roads.