Beauty spot road ‘at risk’
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Quay road could collapse unless repairs are made, warns councillor.
THE only road to a popular beauty spot could collapse unless urgent repair work is undertaken, a council chairman has warned.
Part of the bank on the access road to Fremington Quay was washed away during high tides last winter and there are fears that further damage could weaken the road.
Wooden fencing that collapsed during the deluge has been temporarily replaced by plastic safety barriers but Fremington Parish Council and Devon County Council have been unable to reach an agreement over who should repair the bank.
Parish council chairman Rodney Cann said: “This has been going on for about five months now.
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“We recognise that the fence is our responsibility but Devon County Council should be protecting the highway.
“If we have another winter like we had last winter then it could undermine the road.
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“There is no danger in the immediate future, but eventually, if action isn’t taken, the road could collapse.”
Councillor Cann estimates that the bank would cost between £1,000 and £2,000 to repair, possibly with the aid of gabions, bags filled with rocks or concrete.
“In reality, it is really a simple exercise,” he said.
“We are concerned about safety and we want to repair the fence but are unable to do so before repairs are made to the bank.
“It’s the county that looks after highways and they should take measures to protect it.
“This is a very busy access road to the Tarka Trail and Fremington Quay, which is going from strength to strength.
With the extension on the heritage centre nearly complete, it’s now more important than ever to get this sorted.”
The Gazette asked Devon County Council whether it would consider repairing the bank but the council had not issued a response by the time we went to press yesterday (Tuesday).