Tuesday, 23 November 2010

Slow progress on speeding signs in Budleigh Salterton

Image credit: Brake http://www.brake.org.uk/

It's now almost 18 months since the 'Please drive slowly through the town' sign at one of the main approaches to Budleigh Salterton was demolished, ironically by a speeding driver. See http://budleighbrewsterunited.blogspot.com/2009/06/speeding-traffic-knows-no-limits.html

As this is Road Safety Week http://www.roadsafetyweek.org/ and as residents of Exmouth Road and West Hill have been complaining for years about speeding drivers I thought I'd ask Devon County Councillor and Budleigh resident Christine Channon for some news about a suitable replacement.

After all it was in July this year that Cllr Channon, a member of the Budleigh Salterton Traffic Group reported that she had visited the area with PC Simon Evans and that they had found two good sites for electronic interactive signs which tell speeding drivers to slow down.

One would be placed near Links Road (outbound) and the other could go near Clyst Hayes Gardens (inbound). These would be permanent fixtures and Cllr Channon hoped they would be in situ within three months.

Sadly the three months have come and gone, and some thoughtless individuals continue to drive like the clappers on a road that is winding and dangerously narrow with no pavement for pedestrians in places.

The situation was apparently discussed once again last week at Budleigh Salterton's Traffic and Parking meeting, explained Cllr Channon, who described it as "a very frustrating business."

The excuse for the delay offered by Devon County Council's Highways Department was that one of the sites was now considered unsuitable as there would be insufficient light for solar recharging of the batteries, she said. "A new site has been suggested and I have every hope that these signs will soon be in situ."

So Highways people, just go a bit faster on this one, please.

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