Petition over Bideford traffic calming measures

NEW traffic calming measures in the Clovelly Road and Bowden Green area of Bideford are making the road more dangerous, say local residents. The double yellow lines, parking bays and pinch points have created new hazards, and the authorities must think

NEW traffic calming measures in the Clovelly Road and Bowden Green area of Bideford are making the road more dangerous, say local residents.

The double yellow lines, parking bays and "pinch points" have created new hazards, and the authorities must think again, they say.

More than 80 signed a petition left in the Bowden Green hairdressing salon in the space of a few hours on Friday.

Taxi driver Brian Woodward said there was danger of children running from the Bowden Green playground out between parked cars and into the traffic.


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Projecting pieces of paving with bollards being used as "pinch points" were too near a garage entrance and a junction, giving insufficient space for vehicles to swing out into their correct lanes, he said. And where the road was narrowed, drivers were now speeding through to beat the oncoming traffic.

"You can see skidmarks all down the road where people have had to slam the brakes on," he said. "We are on this road all the time and it is dangerous."

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Hairdresser Gloria Horrell said: "The ambulances use this road all the time and there is a children's playing field here. It is horrendous for people trying to cross the road. This is supposed to slow the traffic, but it has just speeded it up, with drivers trying to beat the traffic coming the other way."

Speed cameras or bumps in the road might be a better solution, she said.

Teresa Blight said: "We all agree with traffic calming, but this has not been thought through. By the play area there is a lowered kerb for the disabled - and then they have put a piece of pavement with a bollard in front. And it is right opposite the

garage entrance.

Derek Godfrey complained that two of the parking bays were sited opposite each other, making it was difficult to pull out without getting into the path of the oncoming traffic.

Maria Bissett said the situation was also bad in Moreton Park and that the measures were in the wrong place and should be further out the road from beyond the garage to the Asda store.

Charlie Bissett said he had been driving for 30 years without any problems, but had nearly had two accidents in this area in two weeks. "People just will not give way, they get frustrated," he said.

Pat Humphries said crossing the road at night was taking their lives into their hands.

A Devon County Council spokesman said: "The work is being carried out by ASDA consultants, the Denis Wilson Partnership, following a public exhibition last year, publication of traffic orders and safety audits. We will continue to inspect the work and will investigate any issues of concern.

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