Council frustrated by A35 delays

PUBLISHED: 14:28 13 May 2008 | UPDATED: 21:49 15 June 2010

COUNCILLORS in Honiton are so disgusted with a Highways Agency reply to a request for information on progress with proposed safety measures on the A35 in Kings Road and Monkton Road that they are to complain at the highest level. Councillors have also san

COUNCILLORS in Honiton are so disgusted with a Highways Agency reply to a request for information on progress with proposed safety measures on the A35 in Kings Road and Monkton Road that they are to complain at the highest level.Councillors have also sanctioned town clerk Lyn Hargood to make a Freedom of Information Act request to find out exactly how far officials have got with plans for a pedestrian crossing, part paid for by charity See-Ability more than three years ago, and safety improvements along the trunk road's route through Honiton.Two reports are said to need further work before proposals can be put to town councillors - even though 22 months have passed since Councillor Michael Teare and Councillor Liz Tirard conducted a risk assessment.Even the design of the pedestrian crossing, which councillors thought was complete, has yet to be drawn up - because additional information is required. The Highways Agency has said there will be a delay before it can meet with councillors."I've got one word to say - hogwash!" Councillor Sally Casson said.And Councillor Teare was equally disgusted. "I feel they should hurry up, before someone is killed," he told a meeting on Monday. Coun-cillor Dianne Morgan was concerned that the issue of narrow pavements is suddenly being raised, when the matter was outlined to the agency 20 months ago. She has a letter dated November 2007, stating that the crossing had "gone to design"."The response is a tactical one," said Councillor Tirard. "To bring up width of pavements now is spurious.


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