PCSO backs call for safety measures

PUBLISHED: 01:01 07 February 2008 | UPDATED: 08:48 10 June 2010

A Lympstone beat officer has backed residents and councillors in a race to prove Devon County Council's new cycle path could lead to danger on village roads before the route is officially opened. While the village has welcomed the £7 million track linking

A Lympstone beat officer has backed residents and councillors in a race to prove Devon County Council's new cycle path could lead to danger on village roads before the route is officially opened.While the village has welcomed the £7 million track linking Exmouth with Exeter and Starcross, concerns have been raised over the volume of traffic on busy rural roads. Residents want safety issues ironed out so they can enjoy the fruits of the boardwalk cycle path, which could boost tourism.Now Lympstone PCSO Sarah Trayhurn has contacted the county council to request safety precautions after patrolling the area.PCSO Trayhurn said: "I think the path is fabulous, it is already bringing lots of people into Lympstone and it is very positive."However, people are cycling through the village at speed and I can foresee an incident, especially at Sowden End."Now warning signs and other precautionary measures are being discussed at the highways authority. PCSO Trayhurn has urged residents to be patient as the council put finishing touches to the project - to officially open at the end of February.The path opens on to Sowden Lane - a 60mph zone - before speed limits drop at the busy estuary-side bend south of the village.The boardwalk has already proved popular with cyclists and walkers alike, but Lympstone resident Kevin Churchill, of Highcliffe Court, is wary.Mr Churchill said: "Until a white central line seperating cylists from pedestrians is laid down it is very dangerous to walk this path. "This problem then extends along the busy road into the village, many a near-miss has already been witnessed. Will the powers-that-be wait until someone is badly injured or killed before simple things are put into place? Full marks for constructing such a useful path but tweaks are urgently needed.

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