‘No problem’ in Sidmouth speed fear road

PUBLISHED: 06:00 15 November 2010

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CONCERNED residents, who fear speeding motorists have turned a Sidmouth road into an “accident waiting to happen”, have been told no further action will be taken to address their fears.

CONCERNED residents, who fear speeding motorists have turned a Sidmouth road into an “accident waiting to happen”, have been told no further action will be taken to address their fears.

Sid Road householders have contacted the Herald in force to voice worries for pedestrians using the pavement-less stretch.

Devon County Council (DCC) said a two-week speeding survey along the 30mph stretch revealed no problem.

“We fear crossing the road,” said resident Christine Davies.

Graham Cooper said Sid Road has become a danger thanks to drivers who “ignore” the speed limit.

“With so many children on their way to and from school, the lower end over the bridge by Livonia Road is particularly hazardous, and is clearly a spot which is an ‘accident waiting to happen’.

“Along this stretch there are two blind bends, no footpath on the eastern side of the bridge, or safe way to cross, and it’s another example were motorists in our cherished town have predominance over pedestrians.

Rob Harvie-Clark said: “Drivers seem to feel they have priority over walkers. It is more dangerous in the dark.

“The real problem is the lack of pavement when cars are passing in both directions.”

He wants highways chiefs to paint a white line down the side of the road to provide a “virtual” pavement.

Sarah Bedwell, from Sid Lane, said traffic has increased both in quantity and speed. She wants to see better signage, traffic calming by narrowing or road humps, and the limit lowered to 20mph at built-up points without pavements.

Tony Broughton, of Hillside Road, said he has complained and written to highways bosses for two years.

“This whole area needs looking at. We could do with paving to continue along Sid Road opposite the Byes and also in the short stretch of Hillside Road,” he said.

Councillor Stuart Hughes, DCC cabinet member for highways and transportation, said: “The issue in Sid Road was raised and a speed survey carried out. Results showed speeds to be within the limit, averaging between 21 and 22 mph. No interventions were considered necessary.”


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