Campaign group calls for Monkton road plan re-think

PUBLISHED: 11:14 03 October 2016 | UPDATED: 08:56 10 October 2016

The busy stretch of A30 at Monkton. Ref mhh 30-16AW 3431. Picture: Alex Walton

The busy stretch of A30 at Monkton. Ref mhh 30-16AW 3431. Picture: Alex Walton

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A group has been set up to oppose Devon County Council’s proposals to build a new road through the Blackdown Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

The Blackdown Road Action Group (BRAG) is urging people to complete and return the county council’s consultation questionnaire by the end of September.

DCC is proposing routes between Honiton and Devonshire Inn, and BRAG wants people to vote for none of the proposed routes, but request smaller scale improvements more in line with the existing route.

Professor Clive Potter, Cotleigh resident and chairman of BRAG, said: “With government ministers already committed to upgrading the strategic link to the South West Peninsula along the A303, A358 and M5 corridor, it is difficult to understand why such a major scheme on this section of the A30 is necessary.

“We recognise that there needs to be improvements to sections of the A30 in East Devon in order to address safety issues and resilience, but believe these could be achieved far more sympathetically.

“Far from being the ‘environmentally-led scheme’ that DCC claims, these proposals directly contradict AONB policy for the Blackdowns – which is to protect its landscapes and tranquillity.”

A DCC spokesman said: “Given that the Blackdown Hills AONB is a highly sensitive and significant environmental area, the county council adopted an environment-led approach in developing the route options.

“Environmental impacts were identified and assessed, and a range of environmental bodies have been engaged in the scoping of the environmental work. The full Environment Assessment Report and Impact Assessments are available as part of the consultation, which is ongoing until Friday, September 30, and the consultation is an opportunity for people to provide us with their views.”


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