Seafront parking spaces moved?

PARKING spaces on the seafront could be moved because of safety concerns on a narrow stretch of the cycle route which is shared with pedestrians.

PARKING spaces on the seafront could be moved because of safety concerns on a narrow stretch of the cycle route which is shared with pedestrians.

Visiting tourists Mr and Mrs White of Camberley Surrey complained to the town hall about a narrow part of the route opposite the clock tower, near on-street parking bays.

In a letter to the town hall they said on successive visits they had become 'increasingly concerned at the safety and wisdom' of the mixed cycle lane and pedestrian walkway.

"A number of cyclists we have encountered are arrogant and aggressive if pedestrians stray into the cycle lane," they said. "This scheme is ill thought out and is continuing danger to pedestrians."


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Last month visiting county council leader John Hart told town councillors he would 'investigate' the concerns.

And at a town council meeting this week town clerk John Wokersien said: "There have been quite a few comments, phone calls, letters and e-mails to councillors about this."

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He added that John Petty of Cyclepath Exmouth was 'encouraging' the town and county council's to 'find alternative solutions' as the final part of the cycle path was being completed.

The Marine Way link, connecting the esplanade to the main route to Lympstone and beyond will soon be completed.

Mr Wokersien added: "(Any solution)...may mean moving car park spaces back."

Deputy mayor Sandy Sutton said: "Parents on the path get anxious when they are with their children.

"They realise they have cyclists to contend with and have to hold onto them tightly. That's a ridiculous situation.

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