I asked that the issue come before committee after a meeting with a member of the parish council, Janice Papworth and a highways officer back in August.

The road, which runs between Newton Poppleford and Budleigh Salterton, is heavily trafficked and travels through Colaton Raleigh at a point where it gets very narrow.

The main problems are that the road bisects the village and its amenities. A bus stop, the shop and the Otter Inn pub are all on the main road, for example.

Another difficulty is that the junction to Hawkerland is on the opposite side of the road. There is an industrial estate on this country lane and articulated lorries are frequently turning into this lane and causing serious risks to pedestrians and horse riders.

The issue that most worries me is the bus stop. Twice a day around 30 schoolchildren have to cross the road to and from the bus stop, but the visibility is so poor from the Newton Poppleford direction that the children send a scout into the middle of the road before the rest of them cross.  It is horribly dangerous and Janice and I are very worried about this and the other problems.

The officers’ report indicated that speeding wasn’t a particular problem based on previous traffic surveys, however, the community speedwatch data is very different. It is finding that around every 10 minutes someone is breaching the speed limit of 30mph.

I had invited parish councillor, Janice Papworth to the meeting, who spoke very persuasively.

The report’s recommendation was simply to note the outcome of the speed survey, however, using the above arguments I proposed successfully for another official traffic survey and for officers to come up with some other road safety design options. I have offered to help fund the cost of designs via my locality budget. 

Former county councillor for Colaton Raleigh, Christine Channon, spoke in support of my proposal and there was general backing for what I was saying around the room.

Chair, Stuart Hughes, was enormously helpful at the end of the agenda item in encouraging highways officers to take this course of action.

Many thanks to the committee for their support. Especially Christine Channon and Stuart Hughes.

Pic: The main road through Colaton Raleigh, between Budleigh Salterton and Newton Poppleford.