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SEATON: Leave our road alone

Friday, 17 January 2014

A number of Old Beer Road residents in Seaton Hole are calling for another chance to have their opinions heard before a parking restriction proposal is put forward.
Devon County Council (DCC) wants to introduce double yellow lines in both directions of a stretch along Old Beer Road from the café to the landslip end of the road.
A county council spokesperson said the proposal has been made because there is no turning point at the end of the road, which is reportedly causing problems.
It is hoped that yellow lines will discourage drivers from using the stretch of road and, as a result, not encountering any problems.
The proposal was advertised through on site notices from November 13th to December 4th last year.
DCC said it also advertised the proposal in at least one local newspaper.
But Old Beer Road resident Simon Wellington said many people failed to spot the on site notices because of extensive work carried out in the area.
In a letter to county councillor Jim Knight (Seaton Coastal) he writes: “I understand that the notice giving details of parking has gone past its ‘comment stage’.
“Some have seen the notices but others, like me, were not aware of them due to the extensive works that have been taking place near where the notices were posted.
“Please take this into account so that our feelings can be expressed legitimately.
Mr Wellington said the proposal would be of a “major personal benefit to him”, but he opposes it because it would create problems for others.
He explained: “The restrictions on parking will be a major personal benefit to us, due to many obvious factors.
“Therefore our objection to the introduction of controls is purely for the public good and that of the community of Seaton and not for ourselves.
“Seaton Hole is the only place where people can park and get immediate access to the sea.
“The level of pleasure that kayaker groups, fishermen, beach combers, walkers etc. achieve by having readily available and ample parking cannot be quantified.
“If double yellow lines are run along our wall and all up that side of Beer Road; with additional restrictions put on the other side; space and time will be limited.
“Please leave things alone for the greater good of everyone else.”
Pulman’s View was unable to contact councillor Knight before going to press, but a DCC spokesperson said: “No decisions have been made yet. We are currently considering the responses we've had to the consultation before a decision is made.
"We're not obliged to consider comments received outside consultation periods as part of our decision making process. However, many of the points raised in the letter are already reflected in the responses we have received within the consultation period.”


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