Agency 'ignored' police coverns
PUBLISHED: 13:43 19 August 2008 | UPDATED: 22:12 15 June 2010
THE HIGHWAYS Agency refused to recognise the views of local police in regards to reducing the speed limit in Kings Road.
THE HIGHWAYS Agency refused to recognise the views of local police in regards to reducing the speed limit in Kings Road.The matter came to light when Honiton town councillors heard the report of a meeting between the mayor, town clerk and the Highways Agency (HA).In a briefing paper to the council, it said: "Support for a lower speed limit has not come from a recognised level of the police as the Highways Agency do not recognise the views of local police."Councillors were told that this had arisen because the views came from an officer below the rank of inspector.Councillor Michael Teare said: "Have we asked Inspector Gale for his support and if not, can we do so?"Honiton Town Council was also briefed on the main points of the meeting.A range of safety studies are planned for the route including pedestrian, traffic and speed surveys and councillors were also told that the problems with a signalised crossing on Kings Road predominantly involve safety issues.However, if a pedestrian survey showed that not enough use would be made of a crossing, it was unlikely that it would go ahead, although severance issues would also be a contributing factor.In Monkton Road, the problems with a similar crossing involved acquiring some land for it and there are also fears of delays in High Street and back to the A30, should a crossing be developed at the junction.Other points included that a signalised crossing would automatically bring a 30 miles per hour limit and other safety options could include widening the carriageway and creating traffic islands.However, councillors were disturbed to hear that even when a report is finalised, there was still no guarantee that the work would happen.Councillor Diane Morgan said: "Why was a contribution taken from SeeAbility when there was no firm guarantee of a crossing before the building was built?"That should have been a priority."The council was also told it would now receive a monthly update from the HA.Councillor Sally Casson said; "We have to keep chasing this and not let go.