Public consultation event on proposed new site for SW Exeter Park & Ride

For many years, Devon County Council has maintained that the only possible site for a Park & Ride scheme to serve the west of Exeter. So much so, DCC have already tried – unsuccessfully – to give permission to 2 planning applications on the site of Oaklands Riding Stables (owned by the Newberry family)

Trying for third time lucky, DCC were in the process of submitting an application earlier this year – so confident were they, that a workshop for key stakeholders was arranged and advertised. This was cancelled at a week’s notice.

Thanks to the hard work of Juliet Meadowcroft, Chair of Alphington Village Forum, a new site – the Round Field also owned by the Newberrys – was considered as a suitable alternative to theOakdlnds fields.

This new site is adjacent to the A30/A377 interchange (between the westbound A30 slip road and the road that leads out towards Ide).

On 21 July 2015, DCC launched a public consultation and this was accompanied with an event at West Exe School.

ALPHINGTON P&R: Introduction
ALPHINGTON P&R: Introduction

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ALPHINGTON P&R: 1 (of 3)
ALPHINGTON P&R: Why is the site needed – 1 (of 3)

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ALPHINGTON P&R: Why is the site needed - 2 (of 3)
ALPHINGTON P&R: Why is the site needed – 2 (of 3)

This graphic is interesting!

It shows the traffic flow along Alphington Road. I can quote it like a mantra ” 1000 cars an hour in both directions between 7am and 7pm”. I’ve known and loved this factoid since I started to take an interest in the siting of a Park & Ride.

But since then, DCC have carried out improvements alterations along Alphington Road and constructed the Grace Road Link into Marsh Barton, so I’m surprised that the graph doesn’t reference when the data they used was taken.

Is this previous data presented again? Or has there been a new survey since the failure of the 2011 planning application?

No-one at the event could provide an answer.

But even more curious is the pie-chart (apart from the use of percentages rather than actual numbers) – and the idea that 60% of the traffic using the Alphington Road corridor originates to the EAST of the city.

If this the case, why is the new Park & Ride scheme being developed to the WEST?

Once again, the pie-chart bears no clue as to when the survey was carried out. Could it be that the survey contributing to this graphic was taken during 2014 when Junction 29 was being remodelled?

ALPHINGTON P&R: Why is the site needed - 3 (of 3)
ALPHINGTON P&R: Why is the site needed – 3 (of 3)

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ALPHINGTON P&R: Where should it be sited?- 1 (of 3)
ALPHINGTON P&R: Where should it be sited?- 1 (of 3)

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ALPHINGTON P&R: Where should it be sited?- 2 (of 3)
ALPHINGTON P&R: Where should it be sited?- 2 (of 3)

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ALPHINGTON P&R: Where should it be sited?- 3 (of 3)
ALPHINGTON P&R: Where should it be sited?- 3 (of 3)

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ALPHINGTON P&R: Preferred option- 1 (of 2)
ALPHINGTON P&R: Preferred option- 1 (of 2)

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ALPHINGTON P&R: Preferred option- 2 (of 2)
ALPHINGTON P&R: Preferred option- 2 (of 2)

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ALPHINGTON P&R: What will it look like? - 1 (of 4)
ALPHINGTON P&R: What will it look like? – 1 (of 4)

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ALPHINGTON P&R: What will it look like? - 2 (of 4)
ALPHINGTON P&R: What will it look like? – 2 (of 4)

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ALPHINGTON P&R: What will it look like? - 3 (of 4)
ALPHINGTON P&R: What will it look like? – 3 (of 4)

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ALPHINGTON P&R: What will it look like? - 4 (of 4)
ALPHINGTON P&R: What will it look like? – 4 (of 4)

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The Cowick Rose | West Exe Academy Status

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West Exe Academy Status

West Exe Technology College has now applied for Academy status and the college is currently awaiting a decision from the Department for Education on their application.

Paul Bull, Cllr Heather Morris, Cllr Rachel Sutton, Cllr Rob Hannaford and Cllr Adrian Hannaford and several Exeter Labour activists felt it imperative to advise parents and residents living in West Exe on the effects of becoming an Academy may have on both the community, and on other schools in Exeter.

Cllr Heather Morris said: “it is important that when a decision of this scale is made, that a full and proper consultation takes place. Schools are very much at the heart of a community, with families taking into consideration the location and record of a school before choosing where to live. For this reason we felt it necessary to ensure that all residents were made aware of the threats of academisation.”

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