Cycle route signs a disgrace

PUBLISHED: 14:51 05 March 2008 | UPDATED: 08:52 10 June 2010

Responding to the Exmouth Journal front page on February 21. It is with great concern that I note that the Exe cycle route, opening on March 1, will cost £2.2 million.

Responding to the Exmouth Journal front page on February 21. It is with great concern that I note that the Exe cycle route, opening on March 1, will cost £2.2 million.

At the end of the cycle track at Sowton Lane, Lympstone, the safety signage is a disgrace.

Cyclists enter a very narrow lane with a completely blind corner that should have had the hedgerow scaled down to give cyclists and motorists visibility of what is around the corner.

Cyclists then park their bikes propped up on the seats, some laid down on the path with wheels protruding on to the highway.

The lane continues up the hill with mums and dads with very young little ones weaving along, not aware they are now on a highway.

It's the same in the village; very young cyclists all over the narrow lanes. How long before an accident? Cox's Hill is another dangerous manoeuvre. I think the route has been badly thought out - it would have been better to have followed the railway track.

The public toilets, as well as all the toilet tissue and soaps etc, are paid for by the villagers, another burden for pensioners to fund, not East Devon.

Many residents are on a pension. I myself have a pension of £52 a week. I pay £2,000 a year rates, not including water rates. Pensioners are having a rough time.

Then you read about goodie bags and hampers to be given away. Are councillors being responsible with other people's money? I do not think so. I am not amused.

Hilda Eastley,

Ex-district and parish councillor,

Little Paddocks,

22 Underhill Crescent,

Lympstone.

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