Call for one-way scheme to ease safety fears

PUBLISHED: 16:38 29 July 2013 | UPDATED: 16:38 29 July 2013

Burnside residents presented a parking petition to County Councillor John Hone this week. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref exe 4850-30-13SH To order your copy of this photograph go to www.exmouthjournal.co.uk and click on Photo Orders.

Burnside residents presented a parking petition to County Councillor John Hone this week. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref exe 4850-30-13SH To order your copy of this photograph go to www.exmouthjournal.co.uk and click on Photo Orders.

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Residents of a road in Withycombe are calling for a one-way system to be put in place, amid fears that the combination of parked cars and children leaving school are an accident waiting to happen.

Burnside is a narrow residential road which loops around on itself, and about halfway round has a pedestrian access to School Lane, through which Withycombe Primary School can be reached.

This area becomes crowded with parents parking at the end of the school day, and when combined with residents’ cars this makes the road effectively single-file, which often leads to cars meeting head on, and either reversing or driving up over pavements and grass, while surrounded by children.

Residents argue that a one-way system would remove this problem, and make the road safer for both the children and elderly residents.

They also feel that action needs to be taken now, as the school is set to expand to more than 600 pupils over the next few years, potentially making the problem even worse.

They have therefore organised a petition, and have collected 273 signatures, including support from many parents of children at the school.

The petition has now been presented to Brixington and Withycombe councillor John Hone, so he can deliver it to Devon County Council.

Resident Nesta Moor said: “It really is an accident waiting to happen, no two ways about it. Hopefully we can get something done.”

Her neighbour Marcus Duran added: “It’s been inadequate for a long time on this estate, but with the school expanding it will have a bigger catchment area and we will have even more vehicles.

“We don’t want to be in a position where someone gets killed or a child gets run over and we have to say ‘We told you so.’ ”

As well as the risk to pedestrians, residents also have concerns about access for emergency vehicles, which they fear would not be able to get through at peak times – a particular problem as the road has many elderly residents and ambulance visits are common.

Cllr Hone said: “I agree with what they say. I think it’s a good solution.”

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