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Broadclyst villagers act to curb traffic risk

By Exeter Express and Echo  |  Posted: November 15, 2012

By Fran McElhone

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RESIDENTS in Broadclyst who are concerned about the impact major development in the area will have on traffic have organised a series of initiatives to mark National Road Safety week next week.

Earlier this year, a traffic group, chaired by East Devon district councillor and Broadclyst parish councillor Derek Button, was established to address on-going traffic related concerns in the parish.

And in March a traffic plan was adopted which outlines 15 recommendations to alleviate the problems that the community is concerned are going to get worse with the completion of Cranbrook and other nearby developments.

Particular concerns have been expressed about speeding on the B3181 and in the vicinity of the primary school and nursery, around Old Coach Road and Station Road, near Clyst Vale Community College.

The traffic group and the parish council have now come up with ways to support National Road Safety week which runs from Monday, November 19-25, to highlight their work.

Banners will be put up at the entrance to the village to promote the week and raise driver awareness not to speed through the village.

In partnership with Devon & Cornwall Police the group has set up a Community Speed Watch scheme and the group hopes to have a presence each day of the week.

The group has contacted Broadclyst Community Primary School which is also raising awareness of Road Safety Week.

Year Five children will be creating publicity encouraging safe transportation in the Broadclyst area. In addition they will be producing a documentary programme, filmed in the school's television studio, about people's attitudes to road safety. This will include interviews with police officers and members of the public.

And on the afternoon of Monday, November 19, the children will take part in a school speedwatch with the traffic group and police as part of their project.

Staff at Clyst Vale Community College are also backing the group's efforts, with head teacher Kevin Bawn regularly attending the monthly traffic group meetings.

And Devon & Cornwall Police officers will be setting up a static road safety display during the week to raise awareness among Broadclyst's young adult population.

Group member Simon Roberts said: "We are currently working together with Devon & Cornwall Police, the county council and local community organisations to deliver physical traffic calming improvements to the parish and to work towards the improvement of driver attitudes towards speeding."

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