Banking is a noise baffle

PUBLISHED: 15:30 25 October 2008 | UPDATED: 09:53 10 June 2010

My former school chum, Hazel Wilks (nee Vanstone) is quite correct when she says there never used to be a bank along Halsdon Road (Journal letters, October 16). That bank was one of the planning conditions for the building of the Marine Way. It is meant

My former school chum, Hazel Wilks (nee Vanstone) is quite correct when she says there never used to be a bank along Halsdon Road (Journal letters, October 16). That bank was one of the planning conditions for the building of the Marine Way.It is meant to be a baffle, protecting the residents in Halsdon Road from the noise and dust created by traffic on the road. The trees planted along the top were part and parcel of that baffle and it was originally intended that evergreen shrubs would clad the slopes of the bank.Back in 1960, when The Colony was badly flooded, it was possible to climb out of the 'wrong' side of the train into a rowing boat, through the porter's gate and across Halsdon Road and step from the boat into the front porch of the intended property.My mother, Martha Palmer, was a member of the Devon County Council planning committee when Marine Way was being proposed. She had to persuade that committee to get their wellies on and visit the proposed site to see there was not, as had been thought, one level from Halsdon Road to the River Exe. There were five, one of which included our family allotment, but that did not include the bank. The bank was an afterthought, when folk woke up to the affect the road would have on their lives. Ann Prior, 75 Egremont Road, Exmouth.

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