A35 - action for eastern by-pass

PUBLISHED: 08:23 15 October 2008 | UPDATED: 22:27 15 June 2010

DEVON County Council has formed a task group in a bid to prioritise an eastern by-pass for Honiton.

DEVON County Council has formed a task group in a bid to prioritise an eastern by-pass for Honiton.Councillor Roger Boote is chairing the group - with the support of Honiton Town Council.Councillor Boote told the town council's October meeting that the group has the power to "review the whole situation".The A35, he said, had lost protection for improvements when the Government shelved major works to the A303 in 2005."The A35 was always linked to that project," he said.However, the aim now was to make the A35, and in particular Kings Road and Monkton Road in Honiton, a separate project."It will be a thorough investigation, before we recommend to the council how the project should go forward," he said.Councillor Dianne Morgan, who has always said the trunk road is not fit for purpose through Honiton, thanked Councillor Boote, saying the formation of a task group was "good news" for Honiton.She said the group offered Honiton its "best chance" in many years and that everybody should support it to make improvements happen.Councillor Morgan said the facts would support an eastern by-pass.Councillor Sharon Holloway asked: "How long before it is delivered? 2026?"Councillor Boote replied: "I would hope we could do it in that time or a lot of us won't be here, otherwise."A full report will go to Devon County Council in March next year. Full-time officers at County Hall are working on the project, town councillors were told.Councillor Boote is confident an eastern by-pass will be a high priority - because, he says, the A35 is a "feeder route" used by tourists for a much wider area.

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