Littleham ‘needs a safe crossing’

10:44 10 July 2014

Geoffrey Roberts from Littleham wants a pedestrian crossing to be installed. Picture by Alex Walton. Ref exe 8081-28-14AW

Geoffrey Roberts from Littleham wants a pedestrian crossing to be installed. Picture by Alex Walton. Ref exe 8081-28-14AW

Archant

A sky-diving disabled Littleham granddad is campaigning for a crossing on a mile-long stretch of road so dangerous just getting from one side to another is a lottery.

Geoff Roberts, 82, of Capel Lane, recently jumped out of an aeroplane for charity at speeds of 140mph.

But on Terra Firma he finds movement a lot more problematic because he is blighted with arthritis of the spine.

He says he has been calling for a crossing anywhere along Littleham Road for years, a stretch of road so busy during the summer months he says that crossing safely is almost impossible.

He lives near the Bidmead Centre, an area crammed packed with bungalows and housing for the elderly and disabled.

He said: “I just can’t believe that a mile-long stretch of road doesn’t have a single crossing anywhere.

“There are elderly people who live here and a school and the only chance you have to cross safely is when the school crossing patroller is there.

“We have been asking for a crossing for years and nothing has happened. All we are asking for is a bit of paint on the road.”

He says that hundreds of cars drive to and from Sandy Bay everyday during the summer months.

“We just feel that nobody cares and that people are so concerned about not upsetting the holidaymakers nothing ever gets done.

“I’m not a habitual complainer. I can walk, but slowly and when you cross you just have to take a chance and hope for the best that nobody is going to hit you.”

Councillor Eileen Wragg, the county councillor Exmouth and Littleham said she would see the problems for herself and lobby county highways chiefs add a crossing.

Pic coming

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Exmouth Journal visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Exmouth Journal staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Exmouth Journal account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Other News Stories

17 minutes ago
Bicton Street residents ensured their road looked blooming lovely for the South West in Bloom judges this week. Ref exe 4567-29-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

Bicton Street has been turned into a blaze of colour after neighbours joined forces to enter South West in Bloom.

Read more
Yesterday, 16:30
Members of EDDC's Streetscene team investigating the sink hole on Exmouth beach

A permanent sign will be erected to warn people to stay away from the area of a sink hole which keeps reappearing on Exmouth beach.

Read more
Yesterday, 14:35
Exmouth Visitor's Guide 2015/2016

The free Exmouth Visitors’ Guide 2015/2016 has been released, and is now available at the town hall and Tourist Information Service.

Read more
Yesterday, 14:31
Martin Budd with his son Nathan will be joining around 25,000 other cyclists taking part in the 100 miles charity ride from the Olympic Park, out through Surrey and finishing on the Mall. Martin who celebrates his 50th birthday this weekend is riding for Sense while Nathan is raising moiney for CHSW. Ref exe 5892-30-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

An Exmouth father and son are preparing to emulate the heroes of London 2012 in a 100-mile charity cycle hallenge.

Read more
Yesterday, 14:10
Vote

People are being asked if they think changes should be made to the number of polling stations in Exmouth - and if they are the right places.

Read more
Yesterday, 12:55
Queens Drive Exmouth masterplan

District bosses have pledged to look ‘carefully’ at plans to build seafront flats just metres from where an ice-cream kiosk was washed into the sea.

Read more
Yesterday, 12:30
Robin Burne and Richard Greetham, pictured having completed their London to Paris cycle challenge.

A Budleigh estate agent is celebrating after completing a marathon charity cycle challenge.

Read more
Yesterday, 10:33
Bystock pond. By Geoff Martin

Bystock Pools beauty spot is on the cusp of being safeguarded for future generations, after a wildlife charity raised the £50,000 needed to buy the site.

Read more
Yesterday, 10:12

Fire crews were called out yesterday evening (Thursday) to a gorse fire at Orcombe Point.

Read more
Thu, 14:23
Wooden doctor desk with copy space

Long-term sick leave for depression, personal stress and fatigue contributed to an increase in staff absence at East Devon District Council (EDDC) last year, new figures have revealed.

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 17°C

min temp: 12°C

Most Read News

Great British Life


Great British Life

Advertise in the Paper
Submit a Story
Subscriptions Order
Competitions
Photo Orders
Family notices
iwitness24
Google Plus
Facebook
Twitter
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Exmouth Journal e-edition today E-edition


Exmouth's trusted business finder