Windgate Hill residents: 'Will it take a death for us to get help?'

CAMPAIGNERS, fighting for traffic calming measures along the Honiton to Dunkeswell Road, packed into Combe Raleigh Village Hall to present their case to parish councillors.

CAMPAIGNERS, fighting for traffic calming measures along the Honiton to Dunkeswell Road, packed into Combe Raleigh Village Hall to present their case to parish councillors.

Richard Layburn, chairman of Combe Raleigh Parish Meeting, described the turnout as "exceptional", adding "and it's got nothing to do with Nigel Mansell this time".

County councillor Paul Diviani was present to hear Wyn Leney explain why she and her husband, Brian, had come up with "a list of things we really need to make our lives better".

"When we get people together, we can say this is what we need, why can't we have it?" she said.


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The couple are asking for a 40mph, traffic lights near Hill House care home, improved signage and double white lines, among other things.

Speed checks were due to be carried out on behalf of the highways authority and flashing 'slow down' signs are proposed for the road, but Mrs Leney described those measures as "offering virtually nothing".

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"We are all now absolutely adamant that we are going to get something done on the road. It is the most important and only thing we are interested in," she said.

Rod Devoy said residents' human rights had been eroded, pointing out it was possible to walk the road 35 years ago.

However, the route was now the designated road for HGV vehicles accessing the industrial estate at Dunkeswell, he said.

Mr Devoy said planning applications for massive development at Dunkeswell had not mentioned residents living on the access road to the village.

"We've got a legal case, because our rights have been infringed," he told the meeting.

Resident Brian Lane said: "We are very grateful the road has been resurfaced, but it has increased the speed of traffic."

Residents complained that HGVs are being discouraged from using the Honiton to Cullompton road, but were being routed along an even narrower section at Windgate Hill.

Councillor Paul Diviani said: "There is a will to do something; it's just finding out what to do.

"This is a wish list I can work with.

"I am not promising anything, but I will put forward your cases as strongly as I can."

The meeting suggested a sub-committee be formed to take residents' requests forward.

Mr Layburn ended the discussion by saying: "Clearly, there is a feeling across the room that something needs to be done.

"This has now been brought to Combe Raleigh Parish Meeting, which broadens the spectrum of people involved.

"We understand the issues of prioritisation and lack of funds. However, it is incumbent upon this parish meeting to take forward the concerns aired this evening.

"There is broad brush approval of what's been brought forward by residents.

"Democracy is normally driven by people who want to change things. This is what is happening now.

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