Plea for 20mph speed limit in Beacon Place
PUBLISHED: 12:56 27 August 2015
Exmouth crime writer Graham Hurley says that a narrow street without pavements has turned into a rat-run and should have a 20mph speed limit.
Mr Hurley, who lives in The Beacon, has written to chairman of the Exmouth Transport Partnership, Mark Williamson in regards to speeding concerns in the road behind his home, Beacon Place.
The partnership regularly meets with East Devon District Council, county highways chiefs, First Great Western, community groups and Stagecoach to discuss transport issues in the town.
Last month, Cllr Williamson said that a county council transport review was looming, and now was the ideal time to press for traffic islands and changes to speed limits.
Devon County Council is reviewing roads and traffic flow in and around Exmouth.
Mr Hurley said: “The road behind the Beacon (Beacon Place) has become a rat-run for traffic displaced by the redevelopment of The Strand.
“The road is now widely used by taxis, vans, delivery trucks, plus sundry others. The current speed limit is 30 mph but often ignored.
“For a significant stretch, the road lacks a pavement on either side and The Beacon Primary School lies 100 metres up the hill and there’s Holy Trinity Church beyond.
“I’d argue that both the kids and elderly worshippers are now at risk from passing traffic.
“My plea – widely shared on the Beacon – is for traffic calming measures to be installed before someone gets badly injured or worse. Ideally a 20mph speed limit plus enforcement cameras.”
Town and district councillor Bill Nash, who lives nearby at Trefusis Terrace said: “It should be looked at the next county council highways review. It should not be the only thoroughfare from The Strand, it is ridiculous.”