‘Slow down’ plea in village

Alfington residents are calling for traffic controls in their village, the group is pictured alongsi

Alfington residents are calling for traffic controls in their village, the group is pictured alongside a 30mph sign that was hit by a lorry travelling through the village recently. Ref sho 5885-30-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn - Credit: Archant

Ongoing problems with speeding on Ottery’s outskirts have prompted residents to call for action - ‘before there is a fatality’.

Alfington resident Sarah Waller is among those campaigning for enforcement measures in the village to combat a situation that she says is getting ‘ridiculous’.

Sarah,who keeps her horse in a field off Alfington Road, says she worries about going out on the ‘increasingly dangerous’ road and she is not alone in voicing her concerns, which have also been highlighted by other villagers and the parish magazine.

Sarah said: “We have had terrible problems with traffic and speeding and nothing gets done.

“The volume of traffic going to Otter Nurseries, Sainsbury’s and new housing developments - the poor road can not cope with it.

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“We have had meetings with councillors, police and the nursery to try and alleviate the volume and speed of the increasing traffic.

“Action needs to be taken before there is a fatality.”

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Dave Moss, editor of The Alfington Parish Pump, agreed that speeding has been an issue in the village for a number of years.

He also blames ‘the sheer volume of traffic using a road that is not designed for big vehicles’.

PCSO Maria Clapp, of Ottery’s neighbourhood policing team, said the area will be included in speed enforcement operations.

She warned drivers to be mindful of speed limits at all times.

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