Have a say over £8.4m new road
PUBLISHED: 09:36 18 May 2015 | UPDATED: 09:36 18 May 2015
Exmouth will finally have a say on whether the town’s first major new road for more than quarter of a century should be built.
County bosses want to extend Dinan Way, which was built in the 1980s, to the A376 to stop the Rivermead Estate being used as a rat-run.
The problem has been getting worse, and for more than 20 years there has been speculation if and when the road would be ‘finished’.
Now for the first time, solid plans are in place and Devon County Council (DCC) wants to ask residents what they think at a consultation event on June 12 and 13.
The Journal understands that the exhibition will suggest an £8.4million, 900-metre-long road, running parallel to Summer Lane.
Planning permission could be filed as soon as next year, with building work starting in 2018.
The Dinan Way plans are considered vital and urgent due to the expected increased traffic that comes with new homes.
A total of 500 homes are planned for the Goodmores Farm area, which would increase Brixington’s population by 13 per cent.
County documents say that the road would ‘alleviate the problem of inappropriate routes, such as Featherbed Lane, being used by motorists’.
Highways chiefs have already ruled out other options - like a new road across Woodbury Common to connect Exmouth with Crealy, because of overwhelming ‘costs and environmental issues’.
A lack of money also ruled out increasing trains from Exmouth to four-an-hour.
And finally, plans for a new ‘Exmouth North’ railway station near Lower Halsdon Farm were also binned, because the only possible site would be nowhere near any planned new homes.
Brixington town and district councillor David Chapman said: “This is the first chance any of us will have to see the plans and have an input.
“Because of the new homes, it is also the first time the money has been available to complete Dinan Way.
“The extension has got to happen, not only for the benefit of Brixington, but for the whole of Exmouth.
“There are those who are against development and the extension, but I’m afraid people need to accept we are only building half the houses we need.”
A DCC spokesman said: “Arrangements are being finalised for a formal public consultation on proposals for Dinan Way, but a consultation event is currently due to be held on Friday, June 12, and Saturday, June 13.
“The feedback from the consultation will be reported to the county council’s cabinet by the winter.”