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Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Traffic Management Plan for Sidmouth > starting with parking restrictions

At the last meeting of the Town Council, plans for restricting parking in certain areas of town were proposed:



Host of new parking restrictions proposed for across Sidmouth - Latest Sidmouth and Ottery News - Sidmouth Herald

Meanwhile, looking at the bigger picture...

Here are the commitments made by the Sid Valley's County Councillor - who is also portfolio holder for Transport. Three out of six cover transport policies:

Manifesto

STUART'S SIX GOALS FOR THE 'SIDMOUTH (SID VALLEY)' DIVISION

2. To dovetail a comprehensive Traffic Management Plan into the Sidmouth Neighbourhood Plan and continue to make the case for link from B3176 into the Aleaxandria Industrial Estate.

4. Provision of the extension of the Sid Valley Cycle Trail /Footpath between Sidford and Sidbury and to programme the Sidmouth to Feniton cycle trail into updated Cycle Strategy.

6. Continue to improve and make our roads and pavements safer and uphold measures to maintain and upgrade the network of public footpaths and bridleways in the Sid Valley.

With the recent Laundry Lane to Byes cycle/footpath upgrade and Tiger Crossing across Church Street Sidford A3052.

Stuart has secured some funding in the 17/18 Transport Capital Programme for further design of Sidford to Sidbury phase of the cycleway/footpath. 
 He also succeeded in getting the Sidmouth to Feniton (Otter Valley Trail) scheme in the Cycle Strategy forward programme.

www.devonconservative.org.uk

It is understood that County Council officers are currently looking at the scoping for the Traffic Management Plan for the town - which will include residents' parking, one-way streets, signage clutter, the issue of campervans... but nothing too radical:
stuart.hughes@devon.gov.uk

Certainly nothing as radical as what was proposed in Totnes:
Futures Forum: Going against the flow: introducing a one-way street against the wishes of traders and residents...

Progress was committed to at the last Town Council meeting:
Futures Forum: Dealing with traffic in Sidmouth: Town Council requests County Council "that a review and Traffic Management Plan for Sidmouth be commenced as soon as possible."

But progress is still being waited for when it comes to, for example:
> a 2012 proposal to amend the delivery hours at the top of the High Street;
> reducing wide loads and HGVs at this pinch point;
> traffic calming ideas as proposed at a Neighbourhood Planning session at Kennaway House
> a range of models for pedestrian-friendly shopping and catering;

> a traffic survey;
> dealing with traffic densities;
> asking the scoping exercise for Port Royal into take traffic management into account;
> looking at the use of Manor Road car park to reduce the pressure on Ham Lane car park;


These are of course Devon-wide problems:
Futures Forum: Gridlocked Devon >>> 'Devon Live' to debate "some of the major travel problems facing the county." >>> and to investigate "the attitude of local authorities to sustainable travel and highlight some of Devon's pollution hotspots"
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