Resident's concern over 'danger' road in Exmouth
PUBLISHED: 09:38 27 June 2016 | UPDATED: 09:38 27 June 2016
An Exmouth resident has called for action over a 'dangerous' parking problem he says could see schoolchildren seriously injured.
Tom Harvey-May, of Links Close, says cars parking on a blind bend in Green Close cause passing vehicles to swerve onto the pavement, which is used by many Exmouth Community College pupils travelling to and from school.
Mr Harvey-May says the problem could be solved by creating a parking area on land in front of Links Close residents’ homes, moving cars off the street.
East Devon District Council (EDDC), which owns the land, has rejected this idea, and instead plans to install bollards to prevent vehicles getting onto the land even to load and unload, to which Mr Harvey-May says the council has previously turned a blind eye.
EDDC says it has been forced to install the bollards to prevent ‘persistent’ parking on the area, and that creating a car park is not feasible.
Mr Harvey-May says parked cars on Green Close make the road too narrow for more than one car at a time to pass.
He said: “Cars coming down the hill regularly meet cars coming up the hill. The car coming down the hill veers to the left into the small car park in front of our road. When kids come out, there are hundreds of them walking up that particular piece of car park.
“It’s obvious some time or another someone’s going to come down the road too fast and we’ll have 10 or 12 kids killed or injured, because that’s the only place for cars to go. It is dangerous.”
Mr Harvey-May argues that the available land, which he calls ‘waste land’, is rarely otherwise used by residents.
In response, an EDDC spokesperson said: “We have already carried out a study on the possibility of providing a car parking in this area, but it is not something we plan to do as it is just not feasible.”
Regarding the bollards, the spokesperson said: “The decision to install bollards was not taken lightly. Our housing officers have been working with residents for the past two years to try to resolve the issue of residents in the close who persist in parking outside their bungalows on the communal grassed area.
“Unfortunately, despite visits, meetings and letters, there are still some people who park their cars on this area.
“Not only does this damage the grassed area, it is also unsightly to others and, as there are services beneath the communal areas, parking there may cause damage to these services.”
A spokesperson for Devon County Council, which is responsible for roads, said: “If our parking teams are alerted to the obstruction of dropped kerbs that provide vehicular access to properties, they can carry out enforcement, using civil parking enforcement powers. If vehicles are obstructing clear passage along the highway, the police can enforce.”