College blitz on traffic issues

POLICE are going to crack down on traffic issues surrounding North Devon College following a multi-agency meeting on Monday. For a full month from November 1, there will be a proactive blitz on the parking and obstruction problems endured by nearby reside

POLICE are going to crack down on traffic issues surrounding North Devon College following a multi-agency meeting on Monday.

For a full month from November 1, there will be a proactive blitz on the parking and obstruction problems endured by nearby residents for years.

A stop will also be put to the problem of boy racers making people's lives a misery.

Ward councillor Des Brailey, who is also Leader of North Devon Council, said the campaign had been devised during a meeting with county council, college, police and residents' representatives.


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"Residents in the Elizabeth Drive, Old Torrington Road and Shorelands Road areas have suffered for a considerable period during college term time," he said.

"It's no fault of the college - it is a victim of its own success - but I am sure that the police action will have a positive effect.

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"I have asked for long-term measures, like residents' only parking, to be introduced."

Neighbourhood Beat Manager PC Terry Hodgson said the operation would be advertised within the college and carried out with the help of college principal David Dodd.

An open log of vehicles causing problems would be kept surrounding issues such as obstructive parking, particularly relating to driveways, and speeding.

He said: "Police have been aware of problems in the area and do carry out patrols and have taken action.

"But this is a dedicated operation resulting from complaints by the public, driven by local councillors and with a protocol agreed with the college. We understand that there is a finite amount of parking in the area and hope to encourage people to park in a responsible manner, but will take positive action against those who cause deliberate obstruction."

n Meanwhile, the college will be the focus of much attention today (Wednesday) as it reveals its brand new name and image .

The exact details have been shrouded in secrecy, but a radical makeover has been promised.

The college merged with East Devon College just over a year ago and in February the task of developing the new brand began.

It will be made public at 10.40am today, followed between 5-7pm by an open event at the main Barnstaple campus, with all welcome to go along and find out more.

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