Plea to fast-track parking restrictions

Claire Wright,Maria Clapp and supporters of the yellow lines group at the junction of Slade Road and

Claire Wright,Maria Clapp and supporters of the yellow lines group at the junction of Slade Road and Yonder Street in Ottery. Ref sho 3526-37-15TI. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

A campaigner working to get parking restrictions imposed near Ottery Primary School has spoken of the ‘daily chaos’ that prompted her to act.

Alison Osborne’s petition asking Devon County Council (DCC) to paint double yellow lines at the entrance to Slade Road and Bridgefield has been signed by 250 residents.

It was presented to the authority this week by county councillor Claire Wright – who appealed to civic leaders on Monday for financial help to enable the bid to be fast-tracked.

Alison, of Slade Close, is a mother and grandmother and says she is all too aware of the dangers the heavily congested road presents to primary school children using it every day.

She said: “I had witnessed cars mounting the footpath to pass oncoming traffic, many stand-offs - as drivers will not give way - and a few bashed cars.

“As I drive this way daily to work, I see the chaos and it worries me.

“I understand people need somewhere to park their cars. I am asking that they park in accordance with rule 243 of the Highway Code and, as they don’t do that voluntarily, we need double yellow lines.” She added that since starting the petition, she has heard many accounts of problems experienced on the road and received calls from people keen to add their support.

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Councillor Wright told the town council she has been advised by highways officers that to wait for the necessary traffic order to implement restrictions could ‘take a long time’.

She suggested if she pays half of the estimated £3,000 cost for a traffic order from her locality budget, the town council could match the funds. A decision on this will be made at the next town council meeting.

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