A35 fight goes to the top

PUBLISHED: 08:17 16 April 2008 | UPDATED: 21:44 15 June 2010

AS pressure mounts on Devon County Council to adopt an eastern by-pass for Honiton as a priority, political leaders on both sides of the House of Commons are being lobbied for their support.

AS pressure mounts on Devon County Council to adopt an eastern by-pass for Honiton as a priority, political leaders on both sides of the House of Commons are being lobbied for their support.Councillor Roger Boote has taken the issue to County Hall and Knowle, where Honiton Town Council's plea for a relief road is set to go on record.The county's debate on the issue is likely to be shown live on the Internet. The matter will be aired at district level in July.Ben Bradshaw, Minister for the South West, has assured Councillor Vernon Whitlock, the Mayor of Honiton, that he can take up the case - once Devon County Council makes the proposed new road a priority. The Minister for Transport and his Conservative counterpart are also to be approached.Meanwhile, the separate fight for road safety measures in Kings Road and Monkton Road, on the A35, continues - 14 months after town councillors Liz Tirard and Michael Teare carried out an informal risk assessment.Councillor Dianne Morgan, who with neighbour Janice Sharman campaigned for improved safety along the route, told a meeting on Monday that three accidents had occurred in just four days. The air ambulance was called on Sunday after a motorcyclist from Exeter suffered a suspected fractured leg.Action was needed to unite an isolated part of the town with the rest of the community, Councillor Morgan said. "My fear is that we will be back to square one. We must keep campaigning for what we think is right," she stressed.Councillor Liz Tirard said: "We've got to look much more carefully at this. It's vital we keep the pressure up."Town and district councillor Peter Halse said: "The more we bleat on about it, eventually somebody will listen."Town clerk Lyn Hargood has been instructed to write to the county council to express Honiton's frustration and anxiety over the long wait for a pedestrian crossing on the A35.

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