Fear over potential accidents due to lack of street signs

PUBLISHED: 17:37 26 November 2018

Brewery Lane in Sidmouth. Ref shs 46 18TI 4897. Picture: Terry Ife

Brewery Lane in Sidmouth. Ref shs 46 18TI 4897. Picture: Terry Ife

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A resident of Brewery Lane in Sidmouth said the lack of warning signs on the narrow street is ‘scary’.

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

The concern comes from the number of concealed entrances and parked cars, combined with the 30mph speed limit which increases the potential for accidents.

The road sees a lot of traffic as it acts as a cut through between Peaslands Road and Temple Street but also has plenty of parked cars due to the number of houses.

This means motorists are forced down a narrow street and if they are travelling quickly they do not have time to react to the oncoming dangers.

Devon County Council’s lead member for highways has asked for a traffic survey to be carried outin the road.

Brewery Lane in Sidmouth. Ref shs 46 18TI 4893. Picture: Terry IfeBrewery Lane in Sidmouth. Ref shs 46 18TI 4893. Picture: Terry Ife

The resident, who asked to not be named, said: “They don’t realise because they think it’s a whole straight road and they come round the corner.

“There are little houses, entrances and then you’ve got the Sidholme entrance.

“You’ve got loads of roads coming into Brewery Lane. They don’t expect to find two way traffic.”

There is also concern for people coming out of their houses and potentially being hit by traffic.

The resident continued: “They come out of their houses and the next thing they know there is a car whooshing by them.

“They’re not going to change it and make it one way so the next best thing is to just say ‘slow down’ or ‘concealed entrances’.”

The resident said they got in touch with Devon County Council to see if a speed bump or a warning sign could be installed to slow speed and warn drivers of the dangers - but they were reportedly told no one would obey a road sign.

The resident said: “On rural roads, you can’t just say people won’t obey a slow down sign, it’s better than doing nothing.”

“There just needs to be something - either a speed bump that makes them slow down or just a sign that says ‘concealed entrances, drive slowly’.

“It’s just this whole attitude of we need someone killed there before we do anything and I think that’s wrong.”

When the Herald contacted Devon County Council, Councillor Stuart Hughes, the cabinet member for highways management and the local member for Sidmouth, said: “I have asked our highways officers to carry out a traffic survey in Brewery Lane.”

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