Blackspot plans in melting pot

SAFETY plans for the notorious Westleigh Junction are back in the melting pot after differing views from the Torridge and North Devon sides of the road.

Calls for safety measures at the blackspot brought a proposal from Devon County Council for a �640,000 traffic lights scheme.

But, earlier this month, the Torridge Highways and Traffic Orders Committee, made up of local district and county councillors, called for a rethink, arguing that lights would create tailbacks and traffic chaos.

Its members called for the county to look again at a roundabout, previously ruled out because of the �2.4 million cost.

Now the corresponding North Devon Highways and Traffic Orders Committee has taken an opposite view, giving unanimous support to the traffic lights plan.

County councillor Rodney Cann, who has been campaigning for improvements at the site for the past 10 years, said: “I am convinced this is the only viable option. It will go a long way towards sorting out the confusion at this junction and enable us to press on with it.”

A report will now go to the county council’s cabinet for its meeting on April 13.

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