‘Inconsiderate’ Sidbury drivers putting ‘lives at risk’

Another homemade sign put down by residents.

Another homemade sign put down by residents. - Credit: Archant

‘Inconsiderate’ Sidbury drivers are putting residents’ ‘lives at risk’ by ignoring closed road signs while vital gas pipe work is undertaken.

Both the offical and homemade signs put down to stop drivers. (s)

Both the offical and homemade signs put down to stop drivers. (s) - Credit: Archant

Wales and West Utility began work in Fore Street, between the junctions with Bridge Street and Cotford Road, on Monday and is not due to finish until May 6.

Angry residents have already taken to creating their own signs to make a point to drivers - who are still using the road, despite there being a diversion in place.

One hand-written sign states: “If you cannot read, closed means closed. Shut not open.”

Councillor Stuart Hughes, who is responsible for highway management and local member for Sidmouth and Sidford, said the road was closed to allow Wales and West to safely carry out essential maintenance work.


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He added: “Unfortunately, some inconsiderate drivers are ignoring the closure and putting the workforce, public and their own lives at risk.

“This is totally unacceptable. We will be reporting such incidents to the police.”

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Roger Lock, Wales and West Utilities programme controller for Devon and Cornwall, said Fore Street would be closed for the duration of the work. However, access for residents would be maintained and an alternative route had been clearly signposted.

He added: “I appreciate that this work is inconvenient, but I would urge road users to obey the temporary road closure – so that they, the community and our colleagues are kept safe while we work.”

The works in Fore Street are part of a £75,000 investment in new gas pipes being carried out by the company.

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