Residents in two areas have been waiting years for road repairs, and at last – in the next fortnight – our pressure will pay off
I hope I’m not tempting fate, but the road closures have been announced, and the two roads where residents have been waiting longest for promised repairs in the current financial year – between Northleigh Cross and Slade Farm and at Townsend Avenue in Seaton – should finally see their repairs completed in the next two weeks.
In Northleigh, a road in shocking condition has been sidelined for repair for years. I made it my first priority for this year’s Pothole Action funding (which I control) so although the contractor has left it until the last minute, the worst sections will at last be done.
At Townsend Avenue, a scheme that was left half-finished in 2016-17 (!), before I was elected, then – after I protested – promised for 2018-19, was dropped from this year’s programme without my being informed and – when I protested again – restored with a commitment to do it this month.
So in both cases, all’s well that ends well, we hope – but what a struggle for local residents, Northleigh Parish Council and me!
I met yesterday with members of the Colyford Speedwatch team, who are campaigning for traffic calming in the village. We discussed various possible measures, including a crossing and a mini-roundabout on the A3052, and a Gateway on Seaton Road where the cycle way meets the road (Colyton Parish Council have already supported a funding bid for this proposal, and I reported on my discussions at their meeting yesterday evening).
I hope to meet soon with Cllr Stuart Hughes, the Devon Cabinet member for Highways, and the Speedwatch teams in Colyford and Seaton Down Hill (Seaton) will soon be convening a new meeting with the County and Neil Parish MP, which will follow up from an initial meeting held in March.