VOSA testing station for Devon/Dorset border?

PUBLISHED: 14:43 23 April 2008 | UPDATED: 21:46 15 June 2010

A FEASIBILITY studying has been carried out for the future provision of a vehicle testing station on the Devon/Dorset border.

A FEASIBILITY studying has been carried out for the future provision of a vehicle testing station on the Devon/Dorset border.

Cliff Baston, an area manager for the Highways Agency, revealed the plan to Chideock Parish Council, which is campaigning for the facility.

Honiton Town Council has thrown its weight behind the campaign, acknowledging there is no test facility on the A35 between Dorchester and Honiton.

In a letter to Honiton Town Council, Sal Robinson, clerk to the parish council in Chideock, explained: "Chideock Parish Council has been campaigning for this facility to be installed west of Chideock - to reduce the likelihood of yet another defective vehicle running out of control and causing devastation in the centre of our village.

"The village has already experienced five incidents with runaway lorries and residents live in fear of any re-occurrence.

"It is clear from the use of the arrester beds on Chideock Hill that lorries and HGVs cannot cope with Chideock Hill and the smell of burning brakes regularly pervades the atmosphere."

Honiton Town Council is campaigning for an eastern by-pass to take heavy traffic, travelling on the A35, away from the town centre.

As a separate issue, the council is further calling for urgent safety improvements along the A35 in Kings Road and Monkton Road.

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