Concerns raised over Albion Hill traffic order
PUBLISHED: 08:00 17 March 2018
Plans to introduce ‘no waiting’ areas to a section of Exmouth town centre road have been met with concern by town councillors.
A Devon County Council traffic order amendment to introduce more double yellow lines to sections of Albion Hill were discussed at a meeting of Exmouth Town Council’s planning committee.
If given the go ahead, the amendment would see a stretch of 37 metres north-east of 13 Albion Hill become a ‘no waiting at any time’ zone.
Parking on the other side of Albion Hill would also be prohibited from the junction with Montpellier Road to point where the road meets Marpool Hill.
Double yellow lines would also be put in place along nine metres of the south side of Albion Street from the junction with Montpellier Road.
At the planning meeting held last week, councillors raised concerns that the measure would increase the speed of cars travelling on the road and therefore become more dangerous.
Deputy mayor and county councillor Jeff Trail said: “The road is used to go to the shops in Albion Street on a regular basis.
“Cars turn out of the London Inn Car Park and often turn uphill, especially when its over subscribed in the car park.
“The road is narrow and parked cars act as a traffic calming measure.
“Should we remove the parking it will make the road more dangerous than it is at the moment.”
Cllr Bill Nash claimed that the amendment had been put forward due to a developer being turned down for planning permission in Albion Hill due to insufficient space for cars to come in and out of the site.
He added: “They now have the idea of convincing county to put no waiting on the other side of the road.
“People in Albion Hill say they can’t park outside their own house.”
Cllr Brian Toye suggested that the problem could be solved by making Albion Hill a one-way street.
He said: “If you start to restrict parking facilities its going to make it difficult for the residents.”
The deadline for comments has now passed.