Knowle's new traffic sign sends 'clear message' to drivers, say campaigners

PUBLISHED: 10:16 21 September 2017

The new vehicle activiated sign in Knowle Village which has been paid for by the community

The new vehicle activiated sign in Knowle Village which has been paid for by the community


A new vehicle activated sign has been installed in Knowle Village to make motorists aware of the 30 miles per hour speed limit.

A campaign by villagers to improve traffic safety in Knowle has taken a step forward after a speed awareness sign was installed.

Following a £4,000 fundraising campaign by Knowle Village Traffic Group, a vehicle activated sign (VAS) has been installed.

The electronic sign will flash with a reminder of the village’s 30 mile per hour speed limit when motorists are travelling through.

Graham Watson, chairman of the traffic group, thanked everyone who has made this possible.

In a letter to the Journal, he said: “Knowle Village is a small community dissected by a busy road and residents are becoming increasingly concerned by the volume and speed of traffic passing through it.

“This is one of a number of proposed measures planned by the group to tackle the issue.

“The VAS combined with removal of the centre white lines through the village, relocation of two bus stops and the village’s Speed Watch team are sending a clear message to all road users.”

The road through the village, which connects the Exmouth Road entrance to Budleigh with the East Budleigh Road, has often been used as a ‘rat run’ for commuters.

This has prompted concerns by residents of the village for their safety.

The Knowle Village Traffic Group has been seeking to improve the safety of residents when it comes to the main road through Knowle.

After holding various fundraisers and receiving grants from the Norman Family Charitable Trust, Devon County Council and Budleigh Salterton Town Council, the required £4,000 was raised.

Budleigh Salterton Town Mayor Alan Dent said: “The group has persevered for three years raising funds for this speed traffic sign and have overcome a range of bureaucratic hurdles to achieve this result.

“Their efforts have brought this small community together and the small group of volunteers has shown how seemingly impossible hurdles can be overcome.”

The group also campaigned successfully for Knowle Corner, the junction where the Exmouth Road meets the road into the village, to be mentioned in the Budleigh Salterton Neighbourhood Plan.

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