Speed ‘isn’t an issue’ on Sidmouth lane

Brewery Lane in Sidmouth. Ref shs 46 18TI 4900. Picture: Terry Ife

Brewery Lane in Sidmouth. Ref shs 46 18TI 4900. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

Despite warning by residents, a survey has found there is no speeding problem in a Sidmouth street.

The survey, commissioned by the county council, found the highest speed recorded in Brewery Lane was 24mph and the average was 16mph - with no vehicles exceeding the 30mph limit.

The issue of road safety was raised with the Herald by a resident who was concerned that the mix of narrow lanes, high speeds and unfamiliar drivers could cause crashes.

They sought to have warning signs installed and highways chief Councillor Stuart Hughes responded by saying a speed survey would be conducted.

Cllr Hughes said: “The officer has carried out the necessary speed check on Brewery Lane which has, as I thought, established that there isn’t a speed issue however it is quite possible that there will be the occasional irresponsible driver who doesn’t adhere to the speed limit. If the complainant or any other residents see this type of behaviour then I advise that they take the registration of the vehicle and contact the local police who can deal with accordingly.”

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Upon hearing the results of the survey and cllr Hughes’ comments, the resident said the problem is worse in the summer.

They said: “It’s crazy [in the summer]. There’s not as much traffic now as there was in the summer.

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“You’ve got the hotels down there and they’re not busy in the offseason.”

The resident said the majority of traffic at this time of year is locals and that it is in the summer when tourists, who are less familiar with the area, arrive that the risk of collisions increases.

They said: “The locals know how narrow it is, maybe it’s just because there’s more people outside during the summer.”

The resident thanked the council for the survey but called for a second survey in the summer.

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