Residents say ‘no’ to bollards to alleviate Sidford Cross ‘rat-run’ concerns

Ann Lilley raised concerns about 'rat-run' road in Sidford

Ann Lilley raised concerns about 'rat-run' road in Sidford - Credit: Archant

Alternative options to address issues with speeding now being investigated

Photo showing some of the problems caused by heavy traffic between Fry's Lane and Brook Lane, Sidfor

Photo showing some of the problems caused by heavy traffic between Fry's Lane and Brook Lane, Sidford - Credit: Archant

Residents concerned about pedestrian safety in a ‘rat-run’ near Sidford Cross have stopped short of agreeing to the installation of bollards to alleviate the problem.

Devon County Council’s (DCC) highways boss put forward proposals for a scheme that would have made Fry’s Lane a ‘no through road’ - but, following consultation with householders, the measures did not get the support required.

Respondents raised concerns about access to Brook Lane and Lower Brook Meadow properties if bollards were installed and alternative suggestions to address issues with speeding traffic are now being investigated.

Councillor Stuart Hughes, DCC’s highways boss and ward member for Sidmouth/Sidford, said: “It was an extremely worthwhile exercise to consult local residents as the issue of rat-running is of great concern to many.

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“While fixed bollards haven’t seemed to be a favourable option, it may well be interesting to see if a rising bollard scheme would be acceptable. These have been installed in some developments and residents can operate them.

“This - and other suggestions put forward during the consultation - will now have to be looked at in greater detail. However, some rat-runners may be deterred by installation of a table-top speed cushion in the narrow section of Fry’s Lane where there is the greatest vehicle/pedestrian conflict. I shall re-consult on whether this measure would be acceptable to residents of Fry’s Lane.”

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Ann Lilley, of Fry’s Lane, spoke out about ongoing problems in the area in October, when the Herald reported on concerns that ‘lives are being put in danger’ on the increasingly busy stretch.

Speaking about the outcome of the consultation this week, she said: “I’m disappointed that the bollards will not be installed. Speed bumps will not stop the volume of traffic coming past our houses. It’s a combination of the speed and the volume that is the problem.”

She added that any measures are better than nothing.

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