Wilmington A35 Action Group presses for action on road improvements.

Press Release.

Following the lack of progress over the last 30 months to fund and install agreed road safety measures in Wilmington, the village action group recently held a meeting with local MP Mr Neil Parish and representatives from Highways England, Devon County Council, East Devon District Council and Widworthy Parish Council to discuss the current position and the way forward.

Highways England has undergone some major staff and structural changes and these changes account for the lack of progress over recent months. However, everyone attending this meeting agreed that Wilmington’s traffic problems are severe and immediate action is required.

Over the past 12 months Wilmington has been operating what has proved to be a very successful Community Speed Watch Scheme. Whilst this has been effective in helping to reduce excess traffic speeds, crossing the road is still hazardous, especially for school children catching buses an there are many roadsides without pavement.

Over the past 30 months or so, Highways England has been examining measures to not only improve the safety of pedestrians in Wilmington, but also to calm the very high volume of traffic that flows through the village. Among the proposals being considered by Highways England are the installation of two pedestrian crossings, an extension of the 30mph speed limit, and the construction of a pavement to the eastern end of the village.

Wilmington is blighted by air pollution, noise pollution, high volumes of speeding vehicles and a lack of pavements to enable residents to negotiate the village without imperilling their lives. The short lengths of pavement that do exist are totally inadequate and in places do not meet with modern standards. The A35 also has to contend with severe flooding every winter or whenever torrential rain is experienced.

In the longer term, The Wilmington A35 Action Group believes that the only real solution would be the construction of a by-pass, to re-route the A35 around the village as was planned nearly 20 years ago. The group also plans to talk to other villages along the A35 with similar problems such as Chideock, Morecombelake, Raymonds Hill and Kilmington.”

Tony Phillips,
On behalf of the Wilmington A35 Action Group.
01404 831360
e.mail: rap24081963sp@hotmail.co.uk

“UK considers tax on single-use plastics to tackle ocean pollution”

“The chancellor, Philip Hammond, will announce in next week’s budget a “call for evidence” on how taxes or other charges on single-use plastics such as takeaway cartons and packaging could reduce the impact of discarded waste on marine and bird life, the Treasury has said. …”

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/nov/18/uk-considers-tax-on-single-use-plastics-to-tackle-ocean-pollution

LEP needs help on productivity strategy – public meeting 21 November, 11am, Exeter

Tue 21 November 2017
11:00 – 12:30

Regency Suite, Devon Hotel
Exeter EX2 8XU

“You are invited to our joint consultation event to seek your views on the Heart of the South West Partnership Productivity Strategy.

Our morning event will provide you with an understanding of the main drivers and objectives of the Productivity Strategy and an opportunity to comment and give feedback. We are very interested in the views of our stakeholders and the business community.

Our partnership consists of 2 County Councils, 2 Unitary Authorities, 13 District Councils, 2 National Parks, 3 Clinical Commissioning Groups and 1 Local Enterprise Partnership covering Devon and Somerset.

We have joined together to produce the HotSW Partnership Productivity Strategy which outlines our vision for driving productivity and prosperity for all in the Heart of the South West.

We are looking forward to your views and feedback on the current draft strategy.”

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/heart-of-the-south-west-draft-productivity-strategy-tickets-39834875184