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SEATON: Call to pedestrianise town centre ‘before someone gets killed’

Thursday, 27 March 2014

DRIVERS are putting lives at risk in Seaton town centre. That is the view of town councillor Tony Woodman who has called for an urgent meeting with Devon County Council and the police “someone pays the ultimate price.”
Speaking at the March meeting of Seaton Town Council, Councillor Woodman raised the issue of the pedestriansation of the town centre following a recent “serious incident”.
Councillor Woodman told the meeting: “I, and others, witnessed a Hunts Food service lorry reverse into the one-way system from Harbour Road, mount the pavement and keep reversing until it hit the rubbish bin outside Lloyds Bank. The driver got out, looked, made his delivery and drove off.
“I instantly reported this matter to the company and to date have not had the courtesy of a reply. I also notified the police, county councillor Jim Knight and our town clerk because of the damage caused.
“The damage has been rectified and I believe insurance claims are being made, but the most worrying aspect of this was that the bin could have been a pedestrian. The driver clearly couldn’t see behind him.
“I have since spoken to PC Stephen Speariett on this matter and while I accept the difficulty he has with limited resources, the regulations regarding the pedestrian area, which I am told are in place, need enforcing.
“The police telling people they haven’t the resources to do this simply makes matters much worse.
In the incident I have referred to the driver was guilty of driving the wrong way in a one-way street, driving in a pedestrian area, failing to report an accident, failing to stop after an accident, at the very least driving without due care and attention and to the extreme dangerous driving. Yet he escapes scot-free.
“This cannot be right. We are hammering people who let their dogs foul but ignore drivers who put people’s lives at risk.”
Councillor Woodman said the “fantastic” Grizzly weekend proved beyond doubt what could be achieved if the town centre was pedestrianised.
He added: “It was just wonderful and I congratulate those who organised it. It was even on the TV.
“I again call on this council to take this matter seriously and call for action. I believe there is a need for a meeting between this council and all other interested bodies – Devon County Council and the police – to sort this matter out once and for all – before someone pays the ultimate price.”

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