Sidbury residents questioned on village issues

PUBLISHED: 11:00 18 June 2013


Speeding and illegal parking are causes for concern for the people of Sidbury according to a recent survey – but a proposed employment site remained the hottest topic.

A team from East Devon District Council’s (EDDC) environmental health department heard that many motorists drive at double the 20mph speed limit, often around blind bends.

Poorly parked vehicles are creating chaos for buses which cannot fit through, while one resident reported their house was suffering a barrage from large vehicles.

But the most diverse worries were about the possible development of a jobs hub north of Sidford, which EDDC has earmarked in its draft Local Plan.

Residents feared adverse effects on the aesthetics and the smell of sewage in Sidbury, as well as saying the plans were contrary to local wishes.

Homeowners also spoke of the problems of building on a flood plain, as many of them back onto the River Sid and have already been affected by rising water.

The neighbourhood assessment had responses from around 80 households on topics from roads to refuse, housing and crime.

It was carried out by volunteers and a Sidmouth PCSO, who heard that the village is relatively litter-free, but some waste was thrown by passing motorists, and there were also complaints of fly-tipping and dog fouling.

Most people said they feel safe in the village and are not affected by crime or antisocial behaviour.

Residents answered the questionnaire on March 1.

The issues that arose have been passed on to the relevant authorities.

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