Plans to pedestrianise Chapel Hill put on hold

PUBLISHED: 14:50 23 June 2008 | UPDATED: 09:10 10 June 2010

PLANS to make changes to the Chapel Hill area of Exmouth have been put on hold, the county council has announced.

PLANS to make changes to the Chapel Hill area of Exmouth have been put on hold, the county council has announced.

Recent discussions have been held with business owners who trade near the Chapel Hill roundabout to gauge opinion on a proposed scheme to demolish the roundabout and pedestrianise the area - linking the route between the town centre and the seafront.

On Monday Devon County Council announced it is to delay its plans because a consultation process to pedestrianise the Strand could impact on traffic management in the town - including the Chapel Hill area of Exmouth.

County council officials plan to return to the drawing board before deciding the way forward for Chapel Hill.

The council said proposals for Chapel Hill received widespread support at public consultation in March 2003, but the recent consultation with the local business community has raised a number of issues and objections.

County councillor for Exmouth, Littleham and town Eileen Wragg, said: "There was widespread support for the Chapel Hill proposals at the planning stage, but the situation has changed since the original consultation. It is now recognised that town centre road system needs to be looked at holistically."

Councillor Margaret Rogers, Devon County Council executive member for environment, added: "The consultation on the potential for a £2million enhancement of The Strand may well result in changes that will have an effect on Chapel Hill. It would be wise to delay making decisions on Chapel Hill until the proposals for The Strand are clearer.

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