Tour de France in Lympstone

PUBLISHED: 14:52 05 March 2008 | UPDATED: 08:52 10 June 2010

While I agree with much of what AF Reece wrote in last week s letters, I believe strongly that, when completed, the Exe Estuary Trail will be a great asset to the area.

While I agree with much of what AF Reece wrote in last week's letters, I believe strongly that, when completed, the Exe Estuary Trail will be a great asset to the area.

Lympstone has a wonderful boat shelter, two shops, three public houses and a café for our weary travellers. Most of the Exton trail traffic will just pass through the village. Lympstone Parish Council has always welcomed the cycle path, but opposed it travelling along Highcliffe and Cox's Hill.

We campaigned for the trail to enter Lympstone at Underhill, beside the public toilets, which the district council forced us to run and pay for.

The parish council has asked to see a copy of Devon County Council's risk assessment for the route through Lympstone. This has never been forthcoming. All our safety concerns have been ignored.

In November, we asked what signs or measures were to be put in place prior to the opening. We were told none and we were asked if we would monitor the situation for them.

Our woman police constable support officer likened the village to the Tour de France and contacted the county council herself, and to my knowledge has not had a response.

In the last two months, I have had complaints from cyclists, walkers and car drivers. Like it or not, the cycle path has arrived. Our village's landlords and shopkeepers are not complaining.

I've so far been unable to trace AF Reece, but would hope that, in future correspondence, he would have the courtesy to copy me in when quoting my home address as a contact point.

Peter Acca,

Chairman,

Lympstone Parish Council.

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