Cranbrook development may justify bypass for Honiton

PUBLISHED: 13:55 15 May 2008 | UPDATED: 21:49 15 June 2010

THE key to providing an eastern by-pass in Honiton could be the development of Cranbrook. Without a pressing reason for the relief road, Honiton could be forced to wait years before action is taken to remove heavy traffic from Kings Road and Monkton Road on the A35

THE key to providing an eastern by-pass in Honiton could be the development of Cranbrook.

Without a pressing reason for the relief road, Honiton could be forced to wait years before action is taken to remove heavy traffic from Kings Road and Monkton Road on the A35.

County councillor Roger Boote is pressing hard to get the proposed by-pass adopted as a priority at both County Hall and Knowle.

"The thing that worries me is Cranbrook," he told Honiton Town Council last week.

"If we can nail the government down because of this development, it will help with the passage of lorries."

Mr Boote said brickworks in the Poole area could be main suppliers of materials for the development of Cranbrook.

"We need to raises our voices and keep it going," he said.

"I will be pursuing that as much as I can."

A motion, proposing a by-pass is put on a priority list, will go before the next meeting of Devon County Council.

Getting the district to discuss the issue was not a straight forward affair, reported Councillor Boote.

"I had to get seven people to support me to raise it," he said. "I've got them now and it will be raised at Knowle in July.

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