Restrictions and additional parking announced for Sidmouth air display

PUBLISHED: 14:48 13 August 2019 | UPDATED: 15:07 13 August 2019

A picture from last year's display. Picture: Simon Horn

A picture from last year's display. Picture: Simon Horn

Simon Horn

Additional car parking and traffic measures have been announced throughout Sidmouth to cope with thousands of extra visitors attending the town's air display.

It is nearly time for Sidmouth's air display featuring RAF Falcons Parachute Display Team, Twirlybatics Pitts Special aerobatic display, Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Spitfire, Strikemaster Jet Display Team, RAF Chinook Display Team.It is nearly time for Sidmouth's air display featuring RAF Falcons Parachute Display Team, Twirlybatics Pitts Special aerobatic display, Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Spitfire, Strikemaster Jet Display Team, RAF Chinook Display Team.

With five teams performing between 6pm and 7.05pm on Friday, August 23, the seafront and surrounding areas are set to be packed with spectators of all ages.

As in previous years, organiser Sidmouth Town Council has announced the restrictions to allow visitors to plan their journey before the big day.

Under the restrictions, there will be no stopping between Exeter Cross through Temple Street to the junction with All Saints Road, along All Saints Road and up Station Road until Icehouse Lane. There will be no parking on the roads between 2pm and 9pm.

The 'no parking' restrictions also apply along Manor Road near the junction with Peak Hill Road, Station Road, from All Saints roundabout to the Triangle.

Civil enforcement officers will be on duty and a tow away policy will be in place.

Additional parking will be available at Sidmouth Rugby Club, Sidmouth Cricket Club, Cotmaton Road National Trust Field and the former council offices at Knowle.

Sidmouth Town Council has also announced a temporary Air Display Water Safety Zone (ADWSZ) will be patrolled on the water offshore of Sidmouth beach on the evening.

No vessels will be permitted in this area between 5.30pm and the end of the display. The ADWSZ will be marked by coloured buoys, and patrolled by the Sidmouth Lifeboat, reserve lifeboat, and jet ski.

Christopher Holland, town clerk, said: "Sidmouth's Air Display this year is already proving popular with messages of support and enthusiasm from locals and people planning to come to the town to see the aerial spectacular.

"To cope with the expected crowds, organisers are once again providing additional car parking and have enabled a number of traffic measures approved with Devon County Highways to help with both traffic flow and public safety."

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