No action on danger drains

PUBLISHED: 14:58 02 May 2012

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Highways chiefs say there is nothing they can do about dangerous drains in East Budleigh High Street, despite church leaders saying they could prove a hazard to cyclists.

However, at the parish council meeting, Mike Bishop, from county highways, suggested that a gate leading from the church straight onto a road could be kept locked all year round to protect walkers and cyclists.

The Parochial Church Council of All Saints asked county hall to consider certain safety measures to protect cyclists and walkers on a road adjacent to the church.

They said that traffic came very close to the wall where the steps entrance at the High Street/Vicarage Road and Yettington Road emerge.

Councillor Ware suggested that the gates be kept locked permanently. Parish councillors were also concerned that the drains further up Yettington Road were a danger to cyclists.

After examining the gate, Mr Bishop admitted that the gate was in an awkward place, particularly when cars or cyclists were coming into the High Street from Yettington Road, but “there was nothing that could be done”.

He added: “The drains running into the High Street are in a suitable place, and the road markings are sufficient to allow cyclists to avoid coming too close to the bend in the road.”

He suggested that because the gate was already locked at certain times of the year, including when berries from an adjacent tree fall onto the path and cause it to become dangerous, that the gate could be locked permanently as there were several other exits and entrances to the Church.

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