Warning over loose chippings at Sidmouth’s Peak Hill

PUBLISHED: 13:43 09 June 2011

Gravel surface dressing on Peak Hill road, Sidmouth. The recently laid loose gravel on the steep road has meant that the road is potentially dangerous especially to cyclists and motorcyclists. Picture by Alex Walton. Ref shs 2563-23-11AW

Gravel surface dressing on Peak Hill road, Sidmouth. The recently laid loose gravel on the steep road has meant that the road is potentially dangerous especially to cyclists and motorcyclists. Picture by Alex Walton. Ref shs 2563-23-11AW

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Loose chippings at Peak Hill are result of surface dressing, says Sidmouth’s county councillor

THE message is clear - take care when using the newly re-surfaced Peak Hill.

After a re-surface this week, those using the road, particularly cyclists, will need to take care of the excess chippings left behind, warns Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council’s cabinet member for Highways and Transportation.

He said the surface dressing was “an effective way of prolonging the life of a road by sealing it against the ingress of water and providing texture to aid traction.”

Mr Hughes said it was “unfortunate” an excess of chippings had been left behind, the result of this type of treatment.

“Our contractor has been instructed to ensure the area is swept immediately and any loose chippings removed.

“Signs advising care and slower speeds have been erected and it is expected that the surface treatment will settle down quickly.”

There will be regular sweepings to ensure the loose stones do not present a significant problem.


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