Parking spaces could be lost in Budleigh Road

PUBLISHED: 13:06 29 December 2011

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Up to 11 parking spaces could be lost on a congested Budleigh Salterton street because of three-year road safety campaign.

Geoffrey Whiteley of the Westfield Road residents groups urged town councillors to back extending double yellow lines because of road safety fears.

He also said that residents had difficulty accessing their drives.

However the debate saw a split amongst councillors; while many town councillors supported the scheme, the town’s traffic group said that no changes need to be made.

Chairman John Shiel said: “We discussed it nine ways to Sunday andit was unanimously agreed no change. “Nobody agreed to extending the double yellow lines.”

In public question time at the last town council meeting Mr Whiteley he said that over the last three years they had worked with developers for ‘the best result possible.’

He said: “We are advising more double yellow lines. The effect will probably result in the loss of about 10 or 11 parking spaces.

“We are not nimbys. We are not opposed to parking per se.

“If this is agreed there will still be plenty of parking. Road safety for everybody is our immediate aim.”

Mr Whiteley also confirmed that the road’s developers would be willing to pay for the new road markings.

However John Sheil, who chairs the town’s traffic group said the subject had been discussed and ‘there was no need’ to change the road markings.

But county councillor Christine Channon said that she has ‘for some time’ supported extending the lines.

“I would be in favour of a partial extension,” she said. “And I would be willing to pay for the traffic order out of my locality budget.

“But the police, town council and highways must all be in agreement for this to go ahead.”

Councillors decided that a site visit with councillors, traffic officers and residents should be arranged after Easter.

Councillor Steve Hall said: “I support a meeting but it is best to go when the problems are at their worst.”

Councillor Mike Hilliar said it was important to get a report from the fire and ambulance services.

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