Review of traffic measures needed

SIR - I am pleased to read that MP Nick Harvey is now backing the campaign I began a year ago to reopen Taw Vale, Barnstaple, to traffic and that he now accepts that businesses and residents are suffering. He is correct that Litchdon Street is now a rat r

SIR - I am pleased to read that MP Nick Harvey is now backing the campaign I began a year ago to reopen Taw Vale, Barnstaple, to traffic and that he now accepts that businesses and residents are suffering.

He is correct that Litchdon Street is now a rat run. When you consider the lack of pavements and the elderly residents living in the area, it is of great concern to me.

It has been suggested at a recent residents' meeting that speed ramps may be the solution.

Rather than spend money on speed ramps, or having to repair the new Square, surely it would make more sense to re-open Taw Vale.


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Not so long ago, traffic was sent into Trinity Street. I worked hard with residents to put a stop to that. Next came the �75,000 roundabout to nowhere and no entry signs at the entrance to Barum Court.

With the closure of Taw Vale and The Strand, businesses closed. Belle Meadow Road, which has a large number of residential properties, has seen an increase in traffic and an increase in crossings, which slows traffic down.

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We now have five crossings between the Long Bridge and the bus station.

A lot of public money has gone into the project, but with what benefits?

A review has never taken place, but it could and this would be the first step towards a common-sense policy.

Simon Harvey (Cllr),

Central Ward.

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