December 12 2013 Latest news:
Tuesday, August 6, 2013
There are fears that plans to close a road to replace a watermain could ‘cripple’ businesses in East Budleigh and the surrounding villages.
South West Water is planning to replace a Victorian watermain at the A3052 at Newton Poppleford.
Work will start in the week of the October half term, October 28, for several weeks.
The works will mean that there will be no bus service from Exeter to Sidmouth, through Budleigh.
After three weeks, light traffic will be allowed to go through - but East Budleigh parish councillors said they were concerned that for four days the road would be closed.
It follows a similar half-term closures in November last year near Bicton Home Farm and at East Budleigh Bridge. Then Jeremy Woods, of Woods Village Shop, in Colaton Raleigh, said the closure was ‘killing’ his business.
Councillor Ami Bowsher-Grief, landlady of the Rolle Arms, in East Budleigh, said: “The road is going to be closed for four days. Last year it crippled our business; it must have cost us £5,000.
“South West Water said they would look at compensation, but they wanted to see our accounts going back five years, and there was no way we were going to hand them over.
“I know Newton Poppleford is further away, but it will affect us.”
District councillor Tom Wright said South West Water had the right to carry out the works but added: “I don’t think that the highways authority does enough to limit the impact on residents.”
County councillor Christine Channon said: “I’ve had discussions with (county highways boss) Stuart Hughes and some officers, and they are saying Stagecoach will run a shuttle service. It will have a tremendous effect on businesses. I do think it’s going to affect us all.”
A meeting is being held from 4pm to 7pm on Wednesday, August 21, at Newton Poppleford Village Hall, to include representatives from South West Water and Devon County Council will be informing residents of the plans. Also attending are Stagecoach, Devon County Transport and Devon County school transport. Anyone who can’t attend should call 0800 1691144.