Completion of Exmouth’s Dinan Way approved
PUBLISHED: 15:46 25 January 2017
The long-awaited completion of Exmouth’s Dinan Way has been approved by Devon County Council.
Members of the council’s development management committee voted in favour of the scheme, for an 830m stretch of road linking Hulham Road and the A376, at their meeting this afternoon (Wednesday).
The scheme had been opposed by Lympstone Parish Council, which raised concerns about flooding, and by the National Trust due to concerns about the effect on Grade One listed A la Ronde, located in nearby Summer Lane.
However, Exmouth councillors said the new road was long overdue, as it would divert traffic bound for the south and east of the town away from residential roads, and from Gipsy Lane and Marpool Hill.
Councillor Bernard Hughes, whose Halsdon and Woodbury ward includes the site of the new road, told the committee: “Much traffic [currently] passes Exmouth Community College, and a hospital and a very busy health centre.
“I have no doubt that given the chance an estimated 40 per cent of traffic would use this [proposed] road if given the opportunity.”
Committee member Councillor Eileen Wragg, who represents the Exmouth Town and Littleham ward, said: “I have no hesitation in supporting this.
“It would not redirect traffic from the A376, but it would reduce pressure on other roads running through residential areas.”
Councillor Paul Diviani said: “This has been long-awaited in Exmouth and the surrounding areas. It’s something that needs to happen.”
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