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Solution found to trip hazards on Sidmouth pavement

PUBLISHED: 07:30 13 August 2017

One of the offending paving slabs in Fore Street, Sidmouth

One of the offending paving slabs in Fore Street, Sidmouth


The potential for trip hazards in Sidmouth town centre look set to be ‘eliminated’ after numerous complaints.

Devon County Council (DCC) proposes removing the paving slabs on a stretch of Fore Street and replacing them with black tarmac.

The damage has previously been blamed on lorries mounting the kerb to get past vehicles parked in the narrow road.

In a letter to Sidmouth Town Council, DCC says: “The slabbed area is trafficked on a regular basis by large vehicles, which cause dislodging of slabs with the risk of introducing a trip hazard. This area has been subject to remedial paving works in recent years which have proved unsuccessful.

“Protective measures such as the placing of bollards are also not possible due to the restrictive width of the footway.

“The placing of a flexible surface will eliminate the potential for trip hazards.”

The work will focus on the western side of Fore Street from the junction with Old Fore Street to New Street.

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