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89I recently visited Glastonbury and was horrified at the traffic on the A361 which you have to walk past if you are going to the Tor and or the Chalice Well Gardens. I could not believe that the Council would allow such an important part of Glastonbury history to become so polluted (literally) with HUGE lorries. The fumes were horrendous, the noise was deafening, and as for the people who live in the houses that border that road - my heart goes out to them. What on earth is happening to their health - from the fumes, from the noise, and from the stress of knowing that when you walk out your door you are likely to come face-to-face with a huge HGV. And even worse there are no railings or anything to protect them. The whole situation is totally unbelievable and I refuse to believe there is not an alternative. If the will is there, then changes could be made

Mary T
88I have recently visited Glastonbury for a week. We stayed at a campsite by Edgarley Road. The place was lovely and Glastonbury was energising as always. However, I was shocked by the amount of traffic and the high speed of the cars and lorries on Edgarley Road and the lack of a proper pedestrian walkway. This time, we did not have a car so we experienced first-hand the dangers of walking up and down this road. I definitely did not feel safe and could see many other pedestrians in the same situation. It is quite unbelievable that a town such as Glastonbury allows a high level of speed and traffic through a residential road providing access to special places like the Tor. I was very pleased to see signs of the Lighten the Load campaign at some houses. I support this initiative wholeheartedly. As a tourist and fan of Glastonbury, I hope the council will take proper actions to minimise vehicular traffic and improve safety.

87I come to visit Glastonbury quite frequently. It is a lovely peaceful, spiritual and historical site that attracts tourists. This is spoilt for us by these enormous lorries, they are totally inappropriate in this little town. They spoil our walks, they spoil this very unique little town

86These huge vehicles seem far too damaging and dangerous for routinely driving through such an historic and tourist centre.

Bruce Mitchell
85Glastonbury Tor is a world renowned refuge of unseen energy. The peace we seek here is constantly destroyed by the heavy motor vehicle traffic. Reroute the HGvs!!!

Cameron Dry
84The pavement between the chalice well and the tor is dangerously narrow with heavy goods vehicles going through a narrow section of road, it will be only a matter of time before we have a death. The solution is to narrow the road further make it single lane with traffic lights, provide a proper sized pavement both sides of the road and a crossing point.

83Welcome to Bere lane, or should I say Glastonbury's answer to the M25!!! Or is that Benedict St - no Bere Lane has the edge! The roar of the traffic is like a heard of elephants passing all day long - Hmm..nice. Subtleties of booming bass drum notes denote the types of lorry and speed, there's the rumble, or the booming base drum, the rumbling booming bass,the shattering, something collapsing or detonating noises and several octaves in between. The other day I witnessed a young mother with pushchair pause at the zebra crossing, while the old familiar rumble gained in volume, however, sadly the momentum didn't. The noise also identifies how fast the lorry is moving. This lorry was an intercontinental freight and as large as they come, unfortunately for the the young mother and baby anticipating the lorry to stop and stepping out would have been instantly fatal, for this huffing, puffing and snorting Leviathan didn't play by the rules at least the alien driving didn't flinch from a steady 40 miles per hour over the zebra crossing leaving nothing in its wake but a downdraft of dust and leaves and a look of shock on the young mothers face. The driver was clearly oblivious to such road architecture perhaps immersed in Polish prog rock or something. Good here isn't it. Now the council has raised council tax, perhaps they can build a flyover, or maybe just deconstruct Glastonbury brick by brick and relocate it away from the road, that might be easier? At the very least they could have a whip round for some tins of paint, paint them damn railing on Chilkwell St which are such an eyesore, in keeping with the every 40 year lick of paint! And, some new road signs welcoming you to Glasto - Welcomes careful HGV drivers - twinned with the largest lorry park on the continent..

Resident Evil
82Living on Bere lane is a nightmare. In the two years I have lived here I have grown to HATE it - it appears to have got worse. The HGV's are as large as they get, and articulated HGV's, whats next - road trains? I've had enough - every time I see an HGV (about every 30 seconds) or have to duck to avoid having my head taken off by a wing mirror, I want to scream - so much for a peaceful escape to the country. Living here is not living, its a living nightmare - its far busier than the A road in Bristol I last lived on. Its not safe, its not safe for my children. Anyone considering moving to Bere Lane, Chilkwell St must need their head examining or an increase in their medication. Clearly the council don't give a s**t about the safety of public, tourists, or residents quality of lives. Good luck to the campaign, but clearly it will need to be passed down the generations or until the road is so grid locked its impassable. Not that anyone cares - but I shall be moving to get some peace and quiet in my lifetime - before I go MAD.

Soon to be ex-resident.
81I was just visiting Glastonbury on Tues-Thurs and could not believe how dangerous it was to walk on the main tourist route to Chalice Well with massive lorries going past right next to me. I was there for quiet reflection and can't imagine what it must be like for the houses on that Street.

80Hello all. Hey FYI- I have recently submitted a works request to the Somerset Highways agency/Somerset District council to manage and cut back the overgrown vegetation and weeds etc converging on the pavement along the Coursing Batch Road which is at the base of Tor hill towards Pedwell. Clearly they are aware of your petition and the fact that the HGV vehicle traffic is causing concern for the local pathway and road users. Obviously if If the paths are clear and wider following maintenance then the risk to life will be reduced. Unfortunately several days later despite the risk to life apparent- the works have yet to be undertaken. Can I suggest that you all get on the Somerset Highways web site and report the fact that the hedges and pathways need clearing. This will widen the pedestrian access along this very dangerous road. I am sure Council Tax and Road Tax are a key funding stream for this type of work?? Alternately the company that have probably been contracted to maintain our paths and hedgerows at huge expense are not keeping to the contracted agreement.??

Matthew Tomlinson CGC MC
79I made a complaint to SCC in respect of HGV traffic on A361 in Glastonbury. I was grateful for a response from Andrew Tranter (Consultant Engineer, Economic Community Infrastructure, Somerset County Council). I will quote some of the email and paraphrase other parts. 'Unfortunately we have very little alternative as the A361 is currently the most appropriate route for freight traffic.' The freight strategy seeks to use the most appropriate routes and avoid bans or restrictions in one community will detriment. Diverting would increase HGV using more unsuitable routes. Data held for last ten years shows traffic volumes including HGV has remained consistent, which contradicts concerns made by the community. Longer term, SCC will seek opportunities for strategic improvements to the A361 along with any other constrained locations. But funding for major traffic improvements is based on economic growth (homes,jobs) that major investment delivers, making it difficult for some of the improvements we would ideally like to implement. So there we have it, and in other words, this is what I hear along with my own comments. There are no other options, as bans, restrictions would move the problem somewhere else. They disagree that volumes of traffic and HGV have increased, significantly if at all. Money for improving, building and maintaining roads is prioritised in areas of house building and job creation. Is your blood boiling yet? Most appropriate route ??? I would invite Mr Tranter to spend an hour at the front of my property on Bere lane near the zebra crossing, and witness his jaw dropped, (as mine often is) at the frequency and size of HGV passing. I don't think that anyone who lives along the A361 that passes through Glastonbury in particular the narrower section of Bere lane and Chilkwell street would think this is a most appropriate route - conversely, very inappropriate. From any angle there is no appropriateness at all, they appear very out of place, and above all else, are a public safety hazard in a highly populated area, and in particular the 100 yard stretch on Chilkwell St to the corner of Wellhouse lane where HGV pass very closely to pedestrians. As we know its so narrow that if two HGV meet at this point, only one can pass at a time, and as many haven't slowed down to 20 MPH there is the potential for serious risk. The other loud message is that money is limited and allocated for other reasons.This is a very gloomy outlook for the hope of any changes to be made. And I am quite sure that none will be. Its very unfortunate that this is an A road, and becomes narrower and narrower, creating a bottle neck through Bere lane and Chilkwell Street in particular for this half mile section or so. There is of course a perceived public safely issue specifically where the pavement becomes narrow for the 100 yard section or so on Chilkwell street to the corner of Wellhouse lane. Undoubtedly this is risky to pedestrians, particularly controlling children along it. However, I imagine there are several other areas if not many around Somerset presenting similar risks and it may be a case of how the council risk assesses this, if it has been. It would be very unfortunate if it takes injury or a fatality for the council to act. Unfortunately I feel this campaign will not achieve anything significant due to the risks being considered the cost of living and lack of money. Ideally a by pass could be put in from the round about at Street, but of course there's no money. The most I think we can hope for as a result of campaigning and the councils feasibility study maybe some enhancements to street furniture, railings along that section of chilkwell street, warning signs, 'SLOW' written on the road in palces etc, but there will be no weight restriction or building of a by pass for example. Its a shame the council don't appear to see Glastonbury as particularly special, and the residents and tourists will just have to put up with it. Take great care please..

C. Joyce.
78The Highways agency really need to start getting a grip of the road markings- Traffic volumes and speeds of the road users in Glastonbury. Someone will be killed and result in an organisation being held to account. We have too many lorries passing along the street road- very rarely do they stop at the pedestrian crossing- its because they are going too fast and also the fact that you cant even see the crossing. Despite several inquiries to raise this concern there has been no action taken to remove the risk.

Matthew Tomlinson
77Sorry - I meant to say in my statement, the GLOBE INN, not the Mitre !! It must be the lorry diesel fumes addling my brain !!

76Living on Bere Lane, Chilkwell Street and Coursing Batch must be a nightmare, but it's certainly no picnic living in Street Road either ! I work from home so I'm very aware of the volume of heavy traffic that thunders past my home everyday, and in deed, throughout the night ! As well as the trucks, I mustn't forget the new breed of chav drivers who go along Street Road in excess of 80mph at night, and the morons that think it's cool to go 'drifting' around the roundabout outside the Mitre Inn in the early hours !! The pollution, both air and noise is dreadful and the vibrations, or should I say, shock waves caused when these juggernauts drive over pot holes and sunken drain covers, must have a dire effect on the foundations of the lovely Edwardian houses in Street Road. Yes, Street Road has a proper zebra crossing, but you take your life in your hands stepping onto it unless you triple check that the approaching traffic have actually stopped - most drivers seem to be completely oblivious to what's going on around them for some reason ! Mendip Council, why are you allowing this to happen in a supposed Conservation Area ? - you ignore this appalling traffic situation, allow the setting up of an unsightly and noisey car wash that further disrupts residents peace 7 days a week and you won't allow me to fit energy saving double glazing to my property which would at least help to keep out the fumes and noise of these juggernauts - you really do need to get your act together ! I lie in bed at night and hear these heavy lorries thunder past at considerable speed, then brake like mad to take a right at the roundabout by the Mitre Inn to go up Fishers Hill - I wouldn't live in one of those cottages facing the roundabout for all the tea in China - one of these days a juggernaut is going to be going just a little bit too quickly and will plough across the roundabout into the cottages with devastating results. The Council(s) have been prevaricating for decades over the HGV / A361 nightmare, but now people are really fed up with the intolerable situation, so just need to get on with the job - remember, you are public servants and your inaction is ruining the day to day lives of hundreds of Glastonbury residents and valuable tourists a like !

75Retreat ruined by noise from heavy vehicles passing roadside of the acomadation I was staying in ,Chilkwell st. My retreat at Chalice well ruined by constant roaring engine noise from road,having to keep windows of my acomadation closed during hot weather.Frightening walk to and fro to town along dangerous road,

Lisa H
74I've recently visited Glastonbury and have been about 3 times now as we have relatives living near by but this time we noticed a real difference in how many HGVs there were on the road. The peaceful and tranquil area was completely spoilt by the roar of engines going really quite fast for such a small road. I'm not normally bothered by things like this or even notice in most cases but they stuck out like a sore thumb, ugly to look at, blocked views, made lots of noise and made it really difficult to cross the small roads. The houses there are beautiful but I wouldn't even want to live there and I live in the city

73I have a been a resident of Bere lane for little over a year, but I'm not sure how much longer I can tolerate it, as the traffic is hard to ignore! I expected a relatively peaceful place to live after living in Bristol, but it is completely blighted by the ridiculous size of lorries relentlessly passing by and around onto Chickwell St. I regularly walk to the Tor and I am shocked at the size of lorries using this road its utterly dangerous for pedestrians. I often walk with my kids to the Tor and I feel I have to hold their hands for much of the way, on stretches you have to walk single file and lorries pass inches away from you - this is an accident waiting to happen? Not only is this a risk to pedestrians it has seriously negative impact on the quality of life for residents and the visitor experience, not to mention how out of place they look passing the historic buildings. I have regularly witnessed lorries mounting pavements barely able to pass one another having to stop to inch past one another. I regularly see Bere lane and Chickwell St gridlocked due to HGV's meeeting each other - this is a ludicrous situation and I am shocked that it is allowed to continue. Glastonbury is a year round tourist attraction - a place of pilgrimage, a mecca for tourists from around the world - How can this be allowed to continue? This is an outrageous situation - HGV's have to be re-routed. Yes it will upset the not in my back yard people - but so be it. No other town in Somerset has such prominence as Glastonbury - why does the council allow this to continue? - very disappointing!

C. Joyce
72There should be a 20mph speed restriction along Bere Lane, as the road narrows and pedestrians and vehicles come too close. There should also be 3 more crossing points

71I just returned from a visit to Glastonbury and was dismayed and extremely upset by the huge difference in traffic since my first visits back in 2007 and 2010. Whilst visiting Chalice Well, the traffic noise around the site was unbearable, with huge lorries speeding along the narrow roads that could be heard within the gardens. Chalice Well is for 'silent prayer'....well not anymore! Our B&B on Bere Lane had constant stream of large vehicles going past, which not only was very noisy but also quite dangerous as Bere Lane is quite narrow with people crossing over. The fumes and pollution from these HGVs was also unpleasant. I was so upset that my visit to Glastonbury was spoilt due to this. Having visited a few times since 2007, I really noticed a big increase this instance in traffic and HGVs which were never there before. It is unacceptable for residents and visitors alike, to have this beautiful sacred place ruined because of traffic! Please reroute these horrid vehicles, they should NOT be going through a small town - it is dangerous due to their size and speed on the narrow roads, causing noise pollution, and atmospheric pollution from all the fumes. Please take the necessary action to stop this. Glastonbury should be protected.

Rita L
70Myself and my wife have just come back from our annual pilgrimage to Glastonbury. I was so pleased to learn of this campaign because we make many walks from the town centre along Chilkwell street to the Chalice Well. This walk takes you past tiny ancient cottages and some beautiful old houses a wonderful walk spoiled only by the relentless passage of heavy lorries rumbling past. On one occasion this time we walked from the town centre past the museum of agriculture and farming which is presently being renovated and about opposite this point a very large heavy goods vehicle shot past while we were walking on the pavement, so close it made contact with the material of the right arm of my jacket. I commented to my wife how dangerous this was as if it had hooked into the material it would have pulled me off my feet. We continued with extra caution being paid to the presence of HGV vehicles which should not be a factor in a pleasant walk to a sacred site of pilgrimage. We also noted the speed of the HGV vehicles was inappropriate for the road. Please take care of these special sites which attract people from all over the world. This makes sense from every angle you see it especially when there are other options for the traffic.

69The peace and tranquility of Glastonbury are seriously effected by the many heavy vehicles that currently pass through the town. The roads of glastonbury are totally unsuitable for this heavy traffic.

Greg D
68In May we rented a beautiful 18th century cottage on Bere Street, it was such a lovely treat. We visit Glastonbury at least twice every year and have many friends in the local community, but this is the first stay on this road. We are horrified at both the volume and speed of HGV's on this roadway. There is absolutely no control of these vehicles on a route wholly unsuited to such mammoth vehicles. They were crashing through the area day and night, the building shook at times. Goodness knows what damage is being inflicted on the Rural Life Museum foundations. The speed meant that as we walked the footpaths up to Chalice Well, the Tor, White Spring and into the Town we were quite literally pulled of our feet by the vacuum these leviathans caused, our only surprise was to still find ourselves alive and unharmed: we understand others have been less fortunate, it is pure insanity to allow this situation to continue you have a duty of care to pedestrians, both residents and visitors and to other road users to protect them from injury and harm. You also owe a debt to those who run tourist accommodation along these stretches who generate income for the Town, if they decide to move elsewhere your Town economy will be damaged. The CC is being totally irresponsible by avoiding this important safety and quality of life issues and we would urge a serious rethink of HGV's being permitted along this route

V MacLean
67We have traveled from Canada to visit and would like to see the speed of the traffic reduced if anything. The vibrations of heavy traffic must be causing structural damage and the low frequencies over bridges affects aquatic life. I am a certified environmental assessor and there must be some environmental trigger in the UK to enlighten the authorities. What you have is the potential for healing retreats but the distraction of rushing traffic and heavy loads defeats this.

Visitor from Canada
66We have been asking for years. They told us that no one had been killed at the Coursing Batch / Well House lane junction and therefore not a priority. When it does happen it will be a disaster involving schoolchildren or other walkers along the pavement by the old Tor School.

Guy Pursey
65Thank you to the last poster, Bleeding Earsay. We've been taking some dB readings, but with an upgrade to our metre, this could be a more professional one, this could prove a very useful device to our cause.

Local resident
64Consider the legal position of HGVs in relation to noise pollution. In the United Kingdom The ACT (Environment Protection Act of 1997) sets out seven zones for the purposes of acceptable noise. Daytime (between 7am and 10pm for Mondays to Saturdays or 8am to 10pm on Sundays and public levels): Zone A (industrial areas): 65 dB(A); Zone B (city and town centres): 60 dB(A); Zone C (group centres, office areas and the Parliamentary triangle): 55 dB(A); Zone D (commercial areas) and Zone E (broadacre and recreation areas): 50 dB(A); Zone G (residential and all other areas): 45 dB(A). Nighttime (between 10pm and 7am for Mondays to Saturdays or 10pm to 8am Sundays and public holidays). The treshold is in general lowered by 10 dB(A) in comparison to daytime levels. The exception is Zone D, which is lowered by 15 dB(A): Zone A (industrial areas): 55 dB(A); Zone B (city and town centres): 50 dB(A); Zone C (group centres, office areas and the Parliamentary triangle): 45 dB(A); Zone D (commercial areas): 34 dB(A); Zone E (broadacre and recreation areas): 40 dB(A); Zone G (residential and all other areas): 35 dB(A).

Bleeding Earsay
63I live on Street Road. HGV traffic passes our door 24 hours a day and is noisy and intrusive. By modern standards, the road is really not suited to lorries and trucks of this size and the pavement offers little or no safety from these huge juggernauts. They should be on a wider, more suitable road.

Street Road Resident
62These roads went made for these heavy vehicles people risk life and limb trying just to walk along the pavements which lorries have a regular habit of mounting.

61We visited Glastonbury for first time in Feb. 2015. On Bere rd we witnessed a near head on collision between two lorries. There was screeching brakes and a burning rubber smell afterwards. I enjoyed seeing the sacred sites, but found the heavy traffic and narrow roads terrifying with young children.

60Chicanes would slow the traffic and make it easier to cross this road!

59I have to walk this route to get into town frequently. The feeling of lorries passing by so close and quickly is very worrying. If nothing else why cant you put a traffic light and reduce it to a single lane like they have at castle Cary main road. It would slow traffic down as well as making it safer

58In response to the previous statement, please note Shepton is not the intended destination for most lorries. Glastonbury is used as a thoroughfare by international and national haulage companies. These could re-route along existing infrastructure, many would stay on the motorways and the A303 if Glastonbury did not show up on their satnavs.

Disgruntled campaigner
57I have been campaigning since the early 90s for a weight limit to be imposed from the B & Q roundabout, and all lorries to be sent along the existing by-pass, to Shepton-Mallet, which is the intended destination for most of them. Two letters published in the local press from me, with that suggestion of a one-way restriction, along with suggestions for two way limits, were completely ignored. Only one local councillor has ever added his voice to the campaign. Visitors come from around the world to see our town, and it's iconic For, yet for most, it's a walk along Chilkwell Street, and have to breathe foul air, and have ears assaulted by traffic noise. The County Council cares nothing for Glastonbury; mentioning Chilkwell st., take a look at the rusting railings which have not been painted since the 1980s!

56Whilst driving through Glastonbury towards Street on 25th January 2015 near Chalice Well I had to make an emergency stop as two articulated lorries driving fast came towards me. No way would we have both fit through on opposite sides of the road. I dread to think what would have happened if I hadn't stopped.

55The heavy traffic going through Glastonbury, especially Chilkwell Street is an enormous daily problem both for residents and visitors. It has definitely become worse over the past two years. There should be a speed camera and or speed bumps along chilkwell street or better still, a redirection of all heavy goods vehicles to go around Glastonbury. We don't need HGV to supply our supermarkets. Smaller vehicles could do the same job. Our narrow roads and pavements were not built to accommodate such heavy traffic and it is a dangerous situation with an accident waiting to happen. We have a small historic town which is being ruined by the problem of heavy through traffic. The old properties are also being damaged by The continuous heavy traffic. This problem needs to addressed now and not put off any longer. Peoples lives are seriously being affected.

54The heavy vehicles on our small roads is a nightmare every day! The noise is also unbearable for all residents as well as people just trying to walk along the pavements. It is dangerous and unacceptable. There must be a solution to redirect the heavy goods vehicles around our small town.

53I frequently walk this route and am stunned at the little amount of pavement available for pedestrians and the huge number of larger vehicles traversing it. It doesn't make any sense. As a driver I've also been in numerous traffic jams in my car because of collisions of larger vehicles near Chalice Well, most notably a bus and an HGV a few months ago. Sort it out!

Matthew Turner
52As the proud owner of a grade 2 listed cottage in Chilkwell Street I am becoming so disheartened with the increasing use of this historic street as a mini motorway for HGVs`We have so many restrictions of what and what we cannot do by owning a historic building but are powerless to protect them from modern times`We take great pride in maintaining the buildings asthetic beauty and clean the ancient mullion windows on a daily basis for our self pride and to appeal to the many passing visitors who photograph the cottage in many numbers`We will have to repaint again this spring because of the filth caused by the heavy traffic not to mention the terrible danger it poses in more ways than one `Like so many things in these days do we have to wait for a tradegy before anything is done

corinne chilkwell street
51We do not need a bypass, not cost effective, but a down grading of the a3691 from an A road to a B road, with traffic calming (chicanes) To limit lorries to 17.5 t, as was down in Lambrook Street This is the ONLY solution, Which is viable

David chilkwell street
50My car was parked in a space near the Rural Life Museum gate, roadside in September 2014. I went to my car only to find it had been damaged all along the side with wing mirror broken off, no-one stopped. The insurers felt it was a lorry passing, the damage was £1800. So please stop these lorries coming down our road. Thank you.

49We have only lived in Bere Lane 3 months, but already feel the heavy traffic is a serious problem. It is not only noisy, but also very frightening walking on the pavement when huge lorries hurtle pass almost grazing your cheek. I was soaked head to toe by a lorry this morning. Traffic so out of keeping with what visitors expect from this part of the town, with the Tor and the Abbey.

48As someone who spent happy years at school in Glastonbury, in the 1960s, I have returned often and especially over the past four years, to visit friends who live in Chilkwell Street. The HGV traffic is menacing, destructive and potentially very dangerous, affecting not only the physical structures of houses, but shattering the tranquility of these environs, and polluting the clean and beautiful air. There MUST be a way of diverting heavy traffic away from this exceptionally precious and historic town. Everyone, especially residents, should make their voices heard and STOP this commercial vandalism!

47I understand all your concerns about the heavy traffic on Chilkwell Street and Bere Lane. I moved to Glastonbury in 2004, looked at houses on those roads and decided I didn't want all that noise. Instead, I bought a house on a lovely quiet estate - Actis Estate. Please note we too are residents of Glastonbury, and a bypass of Glastonbury should be that, not to move the thundering noise to our estate.

Concerned Actis Resident
46Last year I visited my daughter and son-in-law who live in Chilkwell Street, Glastonbury, and I was appalled at the number and speed of HGVs thundering dangerously through the narrow streets. The whole house was shaking, and cracks have started to appear in the structure. A bypass is essential!

Mrs Heather Russell
45I live on the Street Road. I want no more traffic, it's bad enough already, and particularly not traffic to build a nuclear power station the development of which I do not support.

Gillian Booth
44I am a mother with a young baby who has a home on Chilkwell Street. The heavy traffic and heavy lorries create great deal of pollution and it is highly dangerous trying to cross the road with a baby. The lorries come down this relatively narrow street at such speed and the noise created is equally polluting and not conducive to living safely or peacefully in a built up residential area. The pavements are also extremely narrow and it is not safe to walk along the pavements with such heavy vehicles passing by. The lorries should be redirected outside of this area. Additionally this is a conservation area and a sacred site which we should be protecting. I appeal to the local council to take this matter seriously as these roads were never designed for HGV lorries.

43I note that some people are concerned that the campaign is trying to block local access of vehicles over 7.5 tonnes. This is not the case. In the majority of cases, the larger vehicles are not local, many not even registered in GB, and are merely following their SatNavs, which indicate that the A361 is a suitable freight route to and from the container ports in the west and south. Most of these vehicles should be using the A303 or M5 instead!

fed up resident
42Clearly something needs to change but as there is no "quick fix" to this situation perhaps the first item to be addressed is the SAFETY OF PEDESTRIANS? There are only two places to cross this extremely busy road, one along Bere Lane (which is always obscured by parked vehicles), and the other at Street Road which is not well situated if you want to go into the town. Perhaps traffic lights at the junction with Magdalene Street and Street Road (A361) would make that particular hazard safer and provide an additional crossing for pedestrians?

41As a regular and recent visitor to Glastonbury with my young son, I am very aware of the amount of lorries and HGV traffic along Bere Lane and Chilkwell Street. A walk to climb the Tor or visit the Chalice Well, which should be easy and pleasant, is hazardous because of the amount of large vehicles passing through historic, residential streets with narrow pavements. This is unsustainable as well as potentially dangerous to the many tourists and pilgrims who flock to Glastonbury each year. Local residents have to deal with this on a daily basis, as well as the noise and increased air pollution. Glastonbury would be a safer, greener, more peaceful place with this heavy traffic re-routed.

Lucy Furlong
40The amount of traffic in Bere Lane has increased dramatically since traffic calming was introduced in Chilkwell Street and the High Street to reduce traffic flow . The result was to push traffic down Bere Lane. we feel this was brought in without appropriate consultation with residents being warned that their lives were about to be blighted by this huge increase in traffic. There is a quick fix answer, remove the traffic calming in those two streets pushing lorries to travel along Chilkwell Street, Wells Road meeting up with the by pass. place traffic calming measures in Bere Lane which would limit the size of lorries using it. It is dangerous to use the pedestrian crossing halfway down Bere Lane as the by the time Lorries and cars reach the crossing they have built up speeds of over 30mph and cannot stop in time. It is very dangerous to walk on the pavement as traffic thunders by exceeding the speed limit. We suggest that a thorough traffic survey is undertaken by the County Council to ascertain the full problem that residents are facing. All this traffic causes huge pollution, and the health of residents is at risk.

concerned resident
39The size, quantity, and speed of the lorries heading along the A361 especially along Chilkwell Street where the road narrows is a complete hazard. The road was not built to sustain such large lorries, the size of which increase all the time. Driving up there in a family car is like running the gauntlet, goodness only knows what it must be like to have to live there. Please arrange for the larger vehicles ie over 7.5T to bypass this area and also look at reducing access to some of our other roads which are also less suited to this size and type of vehicle.

M M C Fraser
38As a recent visitor to Glastonbury I can attest to the dangerous situation created by the heavy traffic, particularly the multi-wheel trucks on Bere Lane (A361) and Chikwell Street. I urge the rerouting of these vehicles away from these residential streets.

Glen Reid
37Traffic in Glastonbury has now reached unmanageable levels. The sheer volume in Bere Lane and Chilkwell street is, simply, ridiculous. It is a massive blight on a small market town and the roads were never designed for the size and volume of traffic. The western bypass alleviated some of the problems but the eastern side of town is being swamped. Please put people before traffic.

Steve Rowse
36I first visited Glastonbury in February 1996, and stayed in a room on Chilkwell Street, awaking to the rumble of traffic that would shake the building through the day and night. 18 year hence, this level of noise and physical disruption has intensified many fold, with worse to come. Having been resident since 1998, as a mother who has walked with my children regularly along Chilkwell Street and Bere Lane, I strongly support this campaign. The risk to life and limb, the noise and environmental pollution and the desecration of a sacred precinct are ample reasons for action to be implemented, and not a day too soon. Residents and pilgrims from all corners of the world to Glastonbury deserve to have their physical safety prioritised over economic agendas. It is dangerous to cross over Chilkwell Street near Well House Lane and the Chalice Well Gardens, especially for parents with babies in pushchairs and toddlers in arms or in tow. With the newbuilds just along the way, bringing in more residents, action to reduce the traffic flow has now become imperative.

Felicity Dalton
35Walking to and from the tor is very dangerous for families with children in particular. I hope the council will listen to all of our concerns and consider building a bypass to divert these noisy, polluting and dangerous HGVs away from the sacred sites of Glastonbury.

34I am all for banning the gigantic Behemoth-lorries from Chilkwell Street and to make the A361 a B road. I'm not sure about a bypass. Where should it come? Looking down from the Tor I can see a possibility on Cinnamon Lane, but it would be such a shame to destroy such pretty landscape just to accommodate these modern day monsterlike vehicles. Lorries have become larger and larger even in comparison with 5 years ago. Their size has inflated to science fiction like proportions. We are not Australia or America with wide expanses of land and wide straight roads. These HVG lorries are entirely out of proportion for the English countryside, just like the huge supermarkets they have to provide for. We don't need giant supermarkets and we don't need giant lorries. Let's get rid of both and pay a little more for sustainable products. Small is beautiful.

Johanna, Chilkwell Street
33I support the ban on heavy lorries on the A361. I would also like a weight restriction 'except for access' on Manor House Road as articulated lorries and other large vehicles are still using it as a short cut down to [or from] the bypass. In addition, traffic still [on a daily basis] is ignoring the no entry signs at the end of Northload Street and/or ignoring the pedestrian only times at the High Street end and blithely using the way through when it says in black and white that this should not happen.

Philippa Chapman
32In response to the previous statement, we would stress that nobody is proposing a blockade of HGV's into the north part of Glastonbury - where all the supermarkets and retail parks are located. We just can't have these huge trucks going through Glastonbury's conservation area which is also the principal pedestrian route to our main attractions and sacred sites. We would invite Jimbob to come to Chilkwell Street, on foot, to have a look for himself. N.B. We trust it is understood this is not a blog, but a facility enabling people to write to Somerset County Council regarding HGV traffic through Glastonbury.

Disgruntled campaigner
31This plan takes no account of the needs of local business. How are the shops to get the goods to sell. It is worth remembering that everything that you buy in a shop has been delivered by a truck. If smaller vehicles are used consider that the capacity of a transit is about one to one and a half tons therefore it will need at least eight transits to carry the same as a large truck, with the added increase in congestion and pollution. Most modern trucks are less polluting than many cars.

30I am at 77 Chilkwell St, next to Chalice Well Gardens. I have multiple diagonal cracks in both front and back living room; I moved here in 1988 when there was only one visible in the ceiling plaster. I fear when they build next door, as they no doubt will now the house (no71) is selling, then my foundations will not withstand further disturbance. I do not understand why lorries have been re-routed to Glastonbury and the A361 at Faringdon Gurney, rather than going via the Wells bypass which was built to take this traffic. What a waste of public money, not to resolve this for all the people concerned! Not to mention all the works required to drains, etc, as a result of such heavy traffic.

Chilkwell St resident
29In the 30 years that I have lived in Glastonbury it has changed from a beautiful, quiet town to a monstrous sea of noise and heavy traffic. The large trucks are a menace, thundering through our little streets, making it unsafe and highly stressful.

Juliet Yelverton
28I live near the junction of Chilkwell Street and Bere Lane. I am awoken very early every morning by heavy lorries negotiating the roundabout. I frequently walk up the Tor and always feel nervous when traversing the very narrow stretch of pavement between Chalice Well and Wellhouse Lane. Tens of thousands of tourists walk along this stretch of pavement every year. It is less than 2 feet wide, with a ten feet high wall on one side and the blind corner of a narrow, busy road on the other. Lorries pass within inches of pedestrians. There is clearly no way of widening the road at this point. A weight restriction is the obvious way to avoid the ever-present possibility of a fatal accident.

Steve Leighton
27The lack of a bypass to Glastonbury – a historic town and centre of pilgrimage for hundreds of thousands of visitors from countries around the world – is very hard to understand considering the many possible bypass routes that surround the area. The road through Chilkwell Street and Coursing Batch is narrow and constantly thronged with visitors, many with children and dogs. There are sections of Chilkwell Street so narrow that one has to walk on the road to pass oncoming people and larger vehicles must wait in turn or drive on the pavement for oncoming traffic. The thunder and vibration of traffic damages the road and adjoining buildings. The new housing developments in Chilkwell Street and the Redlands estate add to the crowding and increasing risk of fatal accidents. The town centre itself would hugely benefit from pedestrianisation, even if only for certain days of the week; potential service roads already exist. When the High Street or Coursing Batch have been closed for road works, traffic has easily been rerouted even within the existing road network let alone the bypass that is so longed for by all who live, visit and work in Glastonbury.

Philip Tonkyn
26I used to live in a property overlooking the mini roundabout at the top of Bere Lane. I have a genetically inherited chronic sleep disorder that is very difficult to manage and I go to great lengths in an effort to cope. A big part of this is a thing called "Sleep Hygiene" in which you make your sleeping space as conducive as possible for proper sleep, how are you supposed to do this when you have motorway lorries thundering past your bedroom window throughout the night, at least 6 a night, 5/6 nights a week, roughly one an hour? I could hear them from 3 roundabouts away. The lorries have an uphill climb from the Street rd/Fishers hill roundabout to the Chilkwell St/Bere lane roundabout and have to repeatedly change gear and apply hydraulic brakes. The symptoms of my condition can range from extremely mild to extremely strong, everything depends on getting proper sleep, my efforts to do so were deeply undermined to an extent that made all the difference between being able to cope and not, consequently my symptoms became very bad, causing me to split up from my family and move out just to get away from the traffic. In the mid 1980's I did a census of traffic flow up and down Chilkwell St on a weekday between 2pm and 5pm, I only counted vehicles bigger than cars, IE vans and lorries and counted 500 in 3 hrs that was 25yrs ago. So thanks for nothing Somerset CC. you will no doubt continue to behave as though going through the motions is good enough.

25When I spent the 1st few years living on the a361.I looked into the traffic restrictions. Quarry lorries all night without their tailgate bolted down.After complaining I discovered they were not allowed this way! They were required to go to go on the a303 then north to Shepton Mallet. There are similar restrictions for other companies. Not sure who is restricted today? Worth letting everyone know! We can then report them! 7.5 tons restrictions are a good idea! Good luck!

24I used to live in Bere Lane about ten years ago, and the lorries which went past went at such speed and were so large that they physically shock the entire row of cottages. I also noted that at a certain RPM of the lorries’ engines it set up a subsonic standing wave which caused resonance, meaning the vibration was many times greater than when it wasn’t resonating. These subsonic vibrations were actually causing me to get headaches. Indeed the problem was so bad that I was very relieved to move out. A neighbour of mine also lived in Bere Lane and suffered from the same problems. I’m fed up with these lorries. Each time you leave your house you get then speeding past so close to the pavement that I feel is very dangerous. Another friend of mine actually had his young daughter run out in the road and get killed by passing traffic in the local area. I think it is only a matter of time before someone else ends up dead. The speed they go at is very dangerous. The mini roundabout on the way to Street from Fisher Hill is particularly so because you can’t see around the corner and the lorries don’t really slow down much, but career around it so fast that again someone could be run over. They could cut across the pavement in the worst scenario.

23I assume the heavy traffic is rerouted during the Glastonbury Festival - as a short term measure this could be made permanent while a bypass is planned. This road was not designed to take such very heavy lorries. The houses shake as the lorries thunder past. It is dangerous for all who use it and in some places it is extremely dangerous for pedestrians.

Phillipa Bowers
22We live on Street Road and are subjected to our windows rattling when big lorries pass. We use the roads often both in car and on foot and it is disturbing whilst walking having to negoitiate big lorries. Quite often all the traffic which passes by is going way too fast to even stop at the pedestrian crossing and when you are faced with a huge lorry screeching to stop is quite a worry. Lorries weighing over 7.5 tonnes should definitely be re-routed to much safer and easier route for them.

Catherine Gray
21My cottage's listed building status means the council won't let me have double glazed windows. The single glazed ones shake and rattle each time a lorry passes and the noise drowns out conversation indoors. My cottage fronts on to a very narrow pavement on Chilkwell Street. I recently had to spend hundreds having cracks in the 17th century walls filled. The builder said they were due to the volume of traffic. As for crossing the road... I can easily be waiting 10 minutes at peak traffic times.

20Walking along Bere Lane and Chilkwell Street is dangerous and unpleasant. I cannot believe that an area of such historical importance is subject to such heavy traffic. It is relentless and continues well into the night. I would also like to suggest that Magdalene Street be included in any discussion as the situation is almost as bad. Our entire house shakes over a hundred times a day. Not just the windows rattling, but the entire structure. All of Glastonbury should be bypassed, but particularly the A361.

Sally North
19I often stay with relatives who live on Bere Lane. I walk along Bere Lane regularly to get the bus, as I don't own a car. This is a terrifying experience due to the volume of huge vehicles which pass, usually on the wrong side of the road as they negotiate parked vehicles. I met a lady whose house was directly adjacent to the pavement who said her walls shook and pictures on the wall moved to a different angle due to lorries passing. She took her life in her hands when taking the dogs out the front door. She had previously tried to get a speed limit on this road but this was to no avail as the Council said there was no problem and dismissed her claim. It is scandalous that nothing has been done about this problem for so many years. A weight restriction would make the heavy vehicles take another route, but a bypass is the only long term solution.

18As I live on Chilkwell Street I walk along it everyday. Especially the narrow pavement along the Chalice Well Gardens is very dangerous to walk along. Many people come from the town centre to climb the Tor and many people descend from it. There is not really space to pass each other on the narrow pavement. It happened to me several times that I heard, walking to the East, from the centre, a large lorry stopping behind me, for otherwise it left side mirror would have knocked me down on the pavement. This lorry stopped, but other high seated drivers might not see me the next time! On the other side of the street there are houses, but even less pavement. Also last year, a huge lorry, while coming up Bere Lane and trying to turn right on the A 361, knocked out part of the first storey of the house on the corner: Parsnips. Lucky that nobody was sitting in his easy chair in the room, reading a book. He might have been wounded. Also I saw two times a very heavy and lengthy transport of - believe it or not - traincarriages being conveyed from A361 over the painted roundabout down into Bere Lane. They couldn't really take the turn and had to negotiate carefully to be able to continue. At another heavy and long transport I saw the little roundabout sticking up under the low lying bottom of the conveyor vehicle. It was a matter of millimeters, and the whole procession could have got stuck in the middle of the roundabout. It took some time before it could continue. I believe I have some pictures of it somewhere.

From somebody who lives on Chilkwell Street
17I live on the junction of Fisher's Hill and Bere Lane and I hope the Fisher's Hill stretch of the A361 won't be forgotten as the traffic problems are appalling here too. Over the years I have witnessed many accidents here and at other times have come home to find the tell-tale windscreen glass in the road. On at least two occasions I have gone out to help cyclists lying injured in the road after a collision, and one Christmas Day went to help a motorist who had driven directly into the side of a huge milk tanker on the junction. A few years ago my own car, parked in Hill Head, was written off when someone spun off the junction and crashed into it. Twice I have had to rebuild the wall at the front of my house after people have come off the junction (the wall is backed by earth which absorbs impact - otherwise the vehicles would have actually crashed into my front room). The traffic is now so bad that sometimes I have to wait several minutes before I can cross the road where I live. The problems are a combination of very heavy vehicles, too many vehicles and a nightmare layout at the junction itself: this combines a steep curve with what looks like a conventional crossroads but isn't one. It also has unclear priorities, especially for visitors who aren't familiar with it. I'm sure the police are sick and tired of attending accidents on this junction and suggest councillors ask them about how often it happens - they may get a nasty surprise. Lorries going uphill and then turning at the junction create constant noise and vibration. In the past I have contacted the County Council and the Highways Agency, only to be told nothing would be done until there was 'a lethal'. To say this was an unsatisfactory response is putting it mildly.

16I have lived in Chilkwell St for 66 years and suffered the noise, vibration and danger from the endless heavy lorries that scar our town. I have witnessed many near fatal misses on the corner of Well House Lane and Chilkwell St which is a major route for tourists going to the Tor and visiting the Well. SCC are entirely unsympathetic and it will take a death for them to take notice.

Clifford Gould.
15The A361, just where Coursing Batch meets Chilkwell Street, is TOO narrow for two trucks! Despite the 20 mph speed limit, any truck coming towards Glastonbury HAS to cross the middle line, as the road does NOT meet the legal requirements for width of a main highway. The hatching on the road to slow traffic has not worked, if there was a speed camera, I am sure most drivers would be seen to be over the 20 mph limit. Even trucks coming in the early hours of the morning have to mount the very narrow pavement, so as not to hit the oncoming large vehicles, as witnessed by my recycling boxes having been smashed and swept down the road on TWO occasions!


Disgruntled Campaigner
13Like the previous lady, we have been offering guest accommodation on Bere Lane for the past five years. The traffic is ever a topic of conversation, and the double glazing is a god send, or we would have no regular guests. However our regulars have all noticed the increase in heavy traffic and we have had mention on Tripadvisor about it! It is quite incredible how the situation is allowed to carry on getting worse with the enormous vehicles driving through our town. We see coach loads of tourists walk up Bere Lane from the Abbey car park, or from the Rural Life Museum and make their way towards Chalice Well and the Tor, wing mirrors of lorries narrowly missing them. The pavements are ever so narrow, there are residents and tourists with push chairs, children waiting at the top of Bere Lane in the mornings to cross over to the other side, cars do not stop for them! There is no zebra or traffic lights, it's really peculiar how such an important visitor destination has no infrastructure to support the safe passage of all these thousands of people - or local residents getting to work and school. We have had many a scratch on parked cars on Bere Lane from lorries blasting through, the Bere Lane syndrome equals knocked off wing mirrors. Our neighbour has had three vehicles written off whilst parked on Bere Lane! We will ask him to write in about it too. Wonder how many accidents there have been, or whether any fatalities? Would be interesting to find out. And the fumes! The noise is so loud at times you have to shout to hold a conversation in our front garden (we are lucky to have a front garden, many cottages are literally on the pavement). We definitely need to have the HGVs re-routed!

Concerned Bere Laner
12I have run a Bed & Breakfast and lived on the Street road since 1997 and in the last few years the level of heavy traffic is increasing dramatically. Last week at about 11.00am I was walking my dog and between the rural life museum and the corner of street road (took me about 6 mins) amongst all the other lorries and cars I counted 10 cement lorries.I phoned Mendip Council and asked them why when the houses along the street road, like many in Glastonbury are in a conservation area, it is not acceptable to double glaze the sash windows but they allow these heavy lorries to drive past and that make not only my sash windows but the foundations of the houses shake.They said I should speak to the highways at Somerset council. My regular customers have also commented on the increase in heavy traffic.

11I live on Chilkwell Street between the Rifflemans Pub and the Drapers. I have a small child and because there is no parking outside my house I have to park elsewhere and walk to and from my car and house. The pavement here is very slim and the lorries that come rattling down this road are very scarey to a small child and a mother. Numerous times the lorries have come very close to hitting us because they have mounted the curb to try and squeeze past each other. They have literaly been inches from touching us.It is frightening and unsafe. The noise and vibration levels inside our house are also disturbing due to these heavy vehicles driving past. it is a nuisance and disruptive.

Miss Wright
10I regularly drive this route and am frequently shocked that pilgrims and tourists, drawn thousands of miles in some cases, to the Tor are forced to make a walk of death inches from articulated lorries squeezing past each other. It really limits the potential of this fantastic ancient site to draw tourists and give them good experience. If this problem cd be sorted out it will make Glastonbury flourish economically and environmentally.

Guy Kennaway Pilton

8We find walking along Bere Lane with the grandchildren is increasingly difficult with the big lorries travellling fast so close to the pavement. One slip and they would be under the wheels. The same can be said for the south pavement in Chilkwell St, and at times it is almost impossible to cross the road to the safer raised pavement because of the weight of traffic. I would recommend a combination of weight restrictions to take the heaviest lorries off the road and speed restrictions to 20 mph which is more fitting for a busy residential and toourist road. If the road was easier to cross we might get more tourists in the Riflemans, a useful local resource.

Benedict Chilkwell St
7My wife and I have lived in Glastonbury for more than 20 years and whilst the Western relief road has made a vast difference to the High Street there is no doubt that the flow of oversize lorries along the A361 has made the situation in Street Road, Bere Lane, Chilkwell Street and Coursing Batch intolerable uite apart from the impact upon outlying villages such as Walton and Pilton. Looking ahead, the anticipated dualling of the A303 would seem to provide the opportunity to ensure that heavy goods traffic is re-routed away from our town with the negative impact it has upon tourism here not to mention the lives of residents. A first step would be weight restrictions on the B&Q roundabou

Godfrey Bishop (ex-Chair of Gl
6Walking down from out house in Coursing Batch has become an increasingly dangerous occuption. The lorries encroach on the pavement, at times rising onto the pavement as they squeeze past a lorry coming in the other direction. Pedestrians have to walk on the inside to avoid overhanging items. such as wing mirrors and the like. Gardening by the road can be a real hazed.

Rosie and Tony McGough
5Over the last twenty years both the size of vehicles and the volume of traffic using the A361 have increased substantially. There are no traffic calming measures not even repeater speed limit reminders. An immediate step should be to introduce a 20mph speed limit in place of the existing 30mph limit. Some traffic calming measures and a weight restriction should follow quickly. Longer term the road should be detrunked. All these meaures are low cost. Of course a bypass is needed but the prospect of this is remote at present unless and until the government of the day,whatever its colour, realises that a key to economic growth is public expenditure on infrastructure.

Andrew Boatswain
4I live on Bere Lane and the problems caused by HGV traffic are terrible. The noise and vibration wake me every night even though I sleep to the rear of my place. I have personally had many near misses on the zebra crossing due to lorries being unable to stop when travelling over the speed limit and I have seen many occasions of tourists having the same problem. It is a dangerous situation. I strongly believe that this route is not suitable for HGVs and that a weight limit MUST be imposed for safety reasons.

Ms Lane
3We visit family in Glastonbury regularly and have noticed the increase in heavy traffic over the years. Glastonbury is a beautiful, unique town. We wholeheartedly support this petition to bring peace and safety to the roads of Glastonbury for local people and visitors alike.

Jenny and Martin.
2The stretches up by Chalice Well and part of Bere Lane are very narrow indeed and many people walk it. It is very dangerous

1We were informed, when we bought our property in West Pennard in 1978, that there were plans for a by pass skirting Glastonbury, possibly using the old railway lines ~ 36 years later we are still waiting. That a small villages like Pilton and West Pennard have great thundering lorries continually pouring through them is crazy, there have been fatal accidents but still, what are the authorities waiting for, a school bus being hit?


"Chalice Well Glastonbury’s secret garden"

by Rex Tyler (29th September 2013)


Chalice Well, an idyll, resting

by the side of a busy road
peace and timeless fascination
seduces hearts, helps them unload
stressful moments float away
across deep thoughts an elysian grove
within a yew strung treasure trove

silence is a soulful servant
sending forth a stillness and
lulling minds borne out of loving
for Nature’s green and pleasant land
sweet nosegays of pretty petals
budding bough’s all brilliance building
pretty offerings salient gifts
softly scents and heavenly lifts

endearingly and purposefully
and youthfully all yielding
a sanctuary providing a spiritual embrace
secret sighs do realise the naturalness and grace
of water bursting forth out of the bowels of mother earth
pouring forth a quality created for re-birth

to sit beside a lady a warrior a Queen
as beautiful as any, who there has ever been
such ebullience so much verve
projected out from her that she
thrusts a silent gaze a far
and gives so much to me
a thrilling sweet persuasion
a mindful mystery
a smile that curls into a moonlit magic
of creativity

an interlude beside the well
a candle lit release
a tranquillity a reverence
a belief that cannot cease
to amaze the mortal on her knees
gazing with closed eyes
as the ancients look upon her
with their wild and weary eyes

The holy thorn such innocence
such purity to see
its contribution to the world
of course creativity
progressing ever higher
at Yule it does evolve
and at Easter its white blossom
helps us all to solve

the age old story
that became apparent
to those downhearted souls
who had lost their way
but on seeing these white
in the snowyness of Winter
helped them with their own
grey skies to say

time is of the essence
and time changes so much
the Angel seat is where you will greet
and try to stay in touch
with the flowers the buds
the blossom the bees
who tirelessly
collect their little baskets
of pollen naturally

The meadow green and grassy
a soft and gentle sward
between the Chalice and the Tor
beyond the great accord

the shop its pea green vista
its myriad of things
startling the whisperer
for each of course now brings
a harmony of sensation
a growing hope to see
something they can purchase
from the shelves where mystery
is housed in potent helpings
a charming vestibule
surprising many a visitor
who clearly came to call

the lions head
sits in wonder
rock hewn its so delivers
the water of the spring
the sparkle of the light form
the flowing gurgling

King Arthur’s Court and Healing Pool
the rich red iron clad rock
once more glistening famously
our eyes can so unlock
the ancients truest wisdom
diluted for us all
where algae thrives the many lives
are witnessed by us all

the Yew trees sweep and tangle
embracing wind and rain
searching, ever searching
red berries again
their life force is immense
and ancient is their right
so much superstition and folklore
and great light

The vesica pool a swirling force
a figure of eight I do deduce
the mountain streams
the high crag dreams
the sweep and soulful link
we see
within the water clear and free

the water and its great healing
revealing to us all
the power the subtle quality
the great rise and the fall
the energy of mountains
the magnetism we
are drawn through it to
for that is where we be

The Chalice Well great Gardens
a place of peace despite
the busy road and the people
who challenge and invite
the spirits now of Glastonbury
to drift up to the Tor
that shares the freedom
of summits green
bursting from the floor


and outside of all this aura

the roads or arteries

were not designed to carry

all this traffic

the tease

is Glastonbury’s future

is being compromised

its positively dangerous

I am sure its realized

but something must  be done soon

for this  historic town

needs its visitors and its residents

or it could all come tumbling down.


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