Cycle safety concerns raised

PUBLISHED: 11:30 14 November 2008 | UPDATED: 10:00 10 June 2010

LYMPSTONE councillors have hit out at the planners behind the Lympstone cycle path after a cyclist was injured in a hit-and-run. Councillors said they were concerned about the safety of the cycle lane as it joins the village. They decided at the last pari

LYMPSTONE councillors have hit out at the planners behind the Lympstone cycle path after a cyclist was injured in a hit-and-run.Councillors said they were concerned about the safety of the cycle lane as it joins the village.They decided at the last parish council meeting to write a letter to Devon County Council once a month "for as long as it takes", airing their concerns until the cycle way planners recognised the problems of Sowden End.Lee Rowe, 36, of The Strand, Exmouth, was involved in a hit-and-run last month as he was coming back from Exmouth Carnival, leaving him impaled through one leg.The parish council said that DCC do not regard Sowden End as their problem because it is not part of the cycle path.Councillors are concerned that, once the next stage of the path is built at Station Hill, cyclists will have to go through the village to connect to the Exton to Topsham path.Parish Councillor Brian Cotton said: "Only a death will carry weight."We have got to write after every parish meeting even if takes a year or two."The council will appeal to DCC to not continue the extension of the Exe estuary cycle path until the problem had been resolved.

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