More surveys on A35

PUBLISHED: 13:22 10 September 2008 | UPDATED: 22:19 15 June 2010

A REPORT from the Highways Agency has upset town councillors in Honiton, who have long campaigned for a pedestrian crossing on the A35 in the town.

A REPORT from the Highways Agency has upset town councillors in Honiton, who have long campaigned for a pedestrian crossing on the A35 in the town.They want a meeting with highways officials to get to the root of the delay.Charity SeeAbility paid £10,000 towards a crossing four years ago, but the Highways Agency says more survey work needs to be carried out before a decision is made.It has told the Herald a crossing may never be installed, in either Kings Road or Monkton Road -- on safety grounds. New road markings may suffice, it has indicated.Councillor Dianne Morgan, who lives in Kings Road, is disgusted that yet more surveys are being suggested and that the Agency has changed contractors.Councillor Roy Coombs wants the council to use the Freedom of Information Act to find out why a new firm has been brought in.The original contractors were "sympathetic" to Honiton's needs, he told a meeting on Monday."Why do we need more studies? Why go over the same issues?" Councillor Morgan asked."I want to know how much has been spent on studies so far."The pedestrian survey already carried out is of no value, because people are using their cars. People are isolated. Severance is the word."Who is the Highways Agency accountable to? It's a good question."Councillor Morgan added: "We are not asking for a motorway or major road works.


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