Big lorries on the esplanade

The pedestrian esplanade on Budleigh Salterton Marine Parade has bollards at one end and a gate at the other, but, for some time, they have been permanently left open.

The pedestrian esplanade on Budleigh Salterton Marine Parade has bollards at one end and a gate at the other, but, for some time, they have been permanently left open.

Deliveries and refuse collections to the Longboat Cafe are increasingly using the promenade during the day, gaining access by mounting the kerb wherever they can find a gap in the parked cars. There has already been an incident involving a pedestrian reported to the police.

If this is happening now, what will happen if the proposed Longboat plan goes ahead when deliveries will expand to five a day?

A registered blind person has written to East Devon District Council to express her concern in relation to this problem.


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A loading bay on Coastguards Hill should be provided and goods moved with a trolley.

The bollard and gates should be opened only by authorised keyholders.

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It is an extraordinary situation when cyclists are banned from the esplanade, but a 17-ton lorry is not.

Dr N Daniel (via email)

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