We must tackle town’s traffic problems’

PUBLISHED: 15:23 05 March 2008 | UPDATED: 08:52 10 June 2010

TRAFFIC across Exmouth as a whole must not be forgotten in the excitement of new development, according to a community group.

TRAFFIC across Exmouth as a whole must not be forgotten in the excitement of new development, according to a community group.

Following Devon County Council's pledge to invest in a pedestrianised piazza design scheme for The Strand, residents and local associations have issued a reminder the town must deal with its travel infrastructure.

A February meeting of the Exmouth Community Association brought together more than 100 residents, representing dozens of town organisations, for a focus session designed to assess regeneration proposals.

The ECA intends to establish a democratic link between residents and local authorities.

Chairman Roy Pryke said: "To achieve the piazza will obviously require major re-planning, including one-way routes and speed controls.

"We agreed there are already signs of traffic congestion in Exmouth which will have to be dealt with before there are any new developments in the town."

With an eye on the proposed new ASDA store, the ECA cited tailbacks in and around Newton Abbot - where a new store has been opened - as a warning against a failure to adequately address travel plans before development.

The group called for an infrastructure plan, increased town centre parking, a new bus and rail interchange on the estuary, and a plan to avoid A376 congestion.

A spokesperson for the county council, which will be responsible for traffic and highways alterations, said the authority would react to Exmouth's planned supermarket scheme to alter the road network, maximising pedestrian access to the supermarket, and improving access to bus and rail. The A376 will not be expanded at the present time.

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