Traffic restrictions to improve safety in Ottery

PUBLISHED: 11:58 02 December 2016 | UPDATED: 15:09 02 December 2016

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Plans to improve pedestrian and driver safety in Ottery with new traffic restrictions have been announced.

Devon County Council (DCC) has proposed no waiting in areas of Brook Street, Chapel Lane, Franklea Close, Higher Spring Gardens, Keegan Close, Longdogs Lane, North Street, Slade Road, Winters Lane and Yonder Street.

The county council said the amendment was to ‘preserve and improve’ the areas through which the roads run.

Residents had raised concerns on social media that it could result in more parking issues in the town.

Mayor Glyn Dobson said: “Our concern is that people do not understand the traffic order, so we want to put their minds at rest.

“Parking in Ottery is a problem - there’s no doubt about it.

“Nearly everything in the order has been put forward by the public. We are just reacting to the public’s concerns.”

DCC has also proposed limited waiting in Yonder Street, which would allow one-hour parking, Monday to Saturday, 9am to 6pm, with no return within two hours.

A DCC spokesman said: “We’re proposing parking restrictions in the town in response to local requests or issues that have been reported to us.”

Ottery Town Council will hold a surgery tomorrow (Saturday), between 9am and 10.30am, at its Broad Street offices to speak with residents about their concerns.

The planned restrictions and a statement explaining them can be seen at DCC’s office at County Hall, Topsham Road, on Monday and Saturday, 10am to 1pm, Tuesday, 10am to 6pm, and Thursday, 10am to 5pm.

The proposals will be available at Ottery St Mary Library on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, 9am to 5pm, Wednesday, 9am to 6pm, and Friday and Saturday, 9am to 1pm.

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