A BUDLEIGH Salterton grandmother is celebrating victory after winning a two-year battle to improve road safety along East Budleigh Road.
A BUDLEIGH Salterton grandmother is celebrating victory after winning a two-year battle to improve road safety along East Budleigh Road.Angela Shiel, of East Budleigh Road teamed up with local mums Sarah Cotton and Zoe Allars in 2007 and challenged the council to tackle the problem of a too-narrow footpath, which put children and parents at risk of being killed, because they often were forced to step out into the path of fast-flowing traffic.Refusing to let the matter lie, Mrs Shiel tirelessly lobbied Devon County Council to come up with a solution to the problem and also introduce traffic-calming measures.Her perseverance has paid off, because the council has announced the work is to be carried out.Mrs Shiel said the win was a victory for all the parents and schoolchildren who use the path on a daily basis.She said: "I started when my children were young, more than 25 years ago."When my children were small, I didn't have time to keep on at the council. This time I thought I would see it through. It will make a big difference." "I told my neighbours, Zoe and Sarah, the news and they were absolutely delighted."Mrs Shiel said the path is an 'accident waiting to happen' because pushchair users are forced to put two wheels into the road and are unable to walk with toddlers next to them because the pavement is so narrow. A DCC spokesman said: "The scheme discussed at the site meeting in 2007 to widen the footway in East Budleigh Road, near Granary Lane, will be progressed to help children walk safely to school. "Funding has been allocated for the scheme to go ahead this financial year and the design is in its early stages, but will include a traffic calming priority system.