New road to be named after farmer killed in tragic accident

A farmer and businessman who was killed by his own truck in a tragic accident at his Hewish home is being honoured by his family.  The Meads will name a new road on their land Derek Mead Way, despite a “disgraceful” objection from parish leaders in Locking.  Councillor Mike Solomon was saddened by their comments and said a cynic would think they were personal. 

Speaking at North Somerset Council’s planning and regulatory committee meeting on January 22, he said: “The developer is taking his right to name this road after his father, who was a member of this council and a member of our society for many years.  “He did a lot for this area. I’m bemused and somewhat saddened this has even come to us today. 

“If I was cynical I’d think this was personal.” Minutes from Locking Parish Council’s October meeting said members would object, particularly if the road was connected with Locking, and argued there should be a connection with RAF Locking.  Cllr Ann Harley said: “This is recognising the amount of work the family did. 

“RAF Locking is separate altogether. That land will be named after officers who served in the area. The Meads are only interested in their land

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“Derek Mead did an awful lot.

In a way he was controversial, but so are we all. It sums up his great character.  “I think it’s a wonderful memory for the family who lost him in a very unfortunate accident.”

Mr Mead farmed around 1,600 acres in North Somerset and also owned racehorses.  He was crushed to death by his own truck in 2017 after his pet dog knocked a switch in the cab which made it move forward.  The coroner said it was a tragic accident. 

North Somerset councillors supported the road being named in Derek Mead’s honour. The final decision will be taken by officers.  Speaking after the meeting, Derek’s son Alistair Mead said: “This is really good for the family and an exciting prospect for Weston. 

“Dad will be up there looking down on us, having a real giggle.  “It’s disgraceful that Locking Parish Council objected. Their objection was completely unfounded.

It’s nothing to do with RAF Locking.” Derek Mead served as an independent member of North Somerset Council and Weston Town Council from 2013 and led the charge to reopen the Tropicana.  Alistair said his father will be remembered for his contribution to Weston generally, and projects liks Puxton Park, adding: “He always reinvested in Somerset.

We’re continuing that work. “We have a lot of exciting projects, like an extension of Puxton Park, more accommodation and delivering more jobs.”

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