Full speed ahead for village's new sign

PUBLISHED: 12:30 11 March 2017

car driving fast into forest.

car driving fast into forest.


Knowle Village is set to get a vehicle-calming device after the town council agreed to a grant aid request.

Residents have been fundraising to pay for a vehicle-activated speed (VAS) sign next to the village hall for the last three years.

The group was previously told by Devon Highways that there was no funding available for the sign.

Knowle Village Traffic Group (KVTG) wrote to Budleigh Salterton Town Council asking for a donation of £500 to meet the total required to buy the sign.

In a letter to the town council, group chairman Graham Watson said: “Unfortunately, the county council no longer funds VASs due to cutbacks in their budget.”

Councillors voted in favour of granting the request, meaning the sign can now be installed, subject to Highways ratifying the location.

Speaking at the meeting, Cllr Steve Hall, who chairs the town’s traffic group, said KVTG has decided that it is ‘so badly’ needed that they have raised all of the money themselves.

Over the last three years the group has proposed a number of traffic-calming measures for the village.

The proposed sign would be put up in an area where residents have identified 10 per cent of all traffic through Knowle is in excess of the speed limit.

Fundraising by the group raised more than £1,600 and it has secured £1,000 from county councillor Christine Channon’s locality budget. The Lions also donated £200 and the Norman Family Trust gave £1,000.

Mr Watson said the group welcomed the donation by the town council and will now consult with Devon County Council on the positioning of the sign.

He said: “We hope to see it installed in April, which, in conjunction with the village’s speed watch team, will go some way to calming the traffic as it passes through the village.”

He added that once the sign is put up, KVTG will switch its attention to making the Bedlands Road junction safety, where he said the narrow path and blind spot are a ‘cause for concern’.

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