Its gratifying to receive notice of a petition organised by local residents – today I received the following:
Ben Bradshaw has advised me to forward this petition on to you as the hazard down our road seems to be increasing, due to the speed of traffic. Accidents have occurred and the potential for another is imminent.
The present signs are being ignored and speed bumps seem to be the only deterrent together with a strict enforcement strategy.
ALL the residents are in consensus on the need to act in time ! Their comments are attached which show their depth of concern over this issue.
We would be grateful for your assistance in this respect to achieve an improvement.
LITTLE JOHNS CROSS HILL – Petition for Traffic Calming Measures
The undersigned residents of the above rod have been concerned for some time over the potential danger of their road usage due to speeding traffic, mainly from non-residents – especially in the restricted top no access and below (at “Twisted Oak”) with time-zone restrictions laid with signage a few years ago.
The danger is mainly due to the hill where traffic turning into the road from Dunsford Hill accelerates downhill regardless of the speed limit, They also drive up the hill too fast as it narrows in width towards the brow of the hill, causing potential peril to pedestrians where there is no footpath for the last 80 yards.
Hence we implore the council to install some form of speed curtailment such as speed bumps (reference Barley Lane as an example) and we suggest 2 be the minimum: one placed across the road at No.19 just down from the brow of the hill some 100 yards from the Dunsford Hill junction; and another uphill of the private road spur junction (leading to several houses) opposite No.15. Note speed bumps exist on this private road and also on Barley Lane’s hill leading to the Dunsford Hill junction already leaving Little Johns Cross Hill similarly “unprotected”.
The restricted access has been ignored and through traffic often passes at speeds of 40-60mph, making residents’ access onto the road a hazardous endeavour. There are a number of driveways on the uphill side of the road with “blind entrances” and the downhill side homeowners cannot access their driveways safely from both traffic directions. Near misses occur frequently to vehicles and where no footpath exists on the school route to `Ide, children are put indanger. For example, on 30 July 78 vehicles came up the hill between 17:15 and 17:45 compared to just 19 between 1630 and 1700. This is due to the road being used as a “rat run” to overcome congestion in the “rush hour” caused by the poorly-designed and difficult junction connecting the old A30 (Ide Road) to Pocombe Bridge onto Dunsford Hill. There should logically be a similar “No Access” sing at the bottom of the road to match the one at the top.
The undersigned residents therefore need an upgrade to restore their safe use of their road where the access are blatantly flouted. We therefore request that the council should install speed bumps as this is the only way to control the impending hazard which will inevitably result in a serious accident. Due to the consensus of the residents, we would suggest there is no need for the normal lengthy and costly consultation process over these proposed traffic calming measures/speed bumps as it simply an obvious means of safety improvements and accident prevention.
I have told the lead petitioner that, since this is a matter for the Highways Authority (which in the case of Exeter is Devon County Council), I will leave it to Cllr Roy Hill to explain to the residents the process of presenting the petition to the next Full Council Meeting which will held on 01 October 2015
I expect this issue will then be placed on the Exeter Highways and Traffic Orders Committee [HATOC] on which I currently sit as a representative of Exeter City Council. I have guaranteed the residents of my full support when I comes before Exeter HATOC.
Although not actually a part of the Exeter Green Circle 12-mile walking route, Little Johns Cross Hill runs close to the 3-mile Alphing Brook Walk section and I’ve often seen horse-riders on the road – due to the nearby riding stable.
Lack of maintenance of the verges and hedges on the lower part of Little Johns Cross Hill often reduces the road almost to a single track, making walking increasingly treacherous.
Many of the residents commented that the restricted access isn’t working, probably because the junction at Pocombe Bridge doesn’t allow free flow of traffic – at least one asked if a roundabout, rather than a T-junction, would be more suitable here.
The County of Devon (Balls Farm Road Area, Exeter)(Prohibition of Motor Vehicles and Access Only) Order 2008 come into force on 28 January 2008.
Under this order
“no person shall, except upon the direction or with the written permission of a police officer in uniform or of a traffic warden, cause or permit any motor vehicle to proceed in the length of road specified in Schedule 1 from 7am to 9.30 am Monday to Friday; and
“no person shall, except upon the direction or with the written permission of a police officer in uniform or of a traffic warden, cause or permit any motor vehicle to proceed in the length of road specified in Schedule 2, except for access to adjacent properties.”