Res­i­dents say traf­fic chaos has made vil­lage a ‘death trap’

Herald Express - - News - BY GUY HEN­DER­SON

HEAVY traf­fic and care­less park­ing are turn­ing the pic­ture post­card vil­lage of Galmp­ton into a po­ten­tial death trap, res­i­dents fear.

They say emer­gency ser­vices can­not get to them through the con­gested vil­lage.

Peo­ple park, pick up and drop off at two schools in the nar­row roads. The vil­lage also has a nurs­ery, and the road through it takes vis­i­tors to the Na­tional Trust house and gar­den at Green­way.

Galmp­ton is grid­locked ev­ery week­day, they say, and some peo­ple even park across drive­ways.

Now the Galmp­ton Res­i­dents As­so­ci­a­tion has a traf­fic steer­ing group to tackle the prob­lem.

Group mem­ber Pat Brodie said meet­ings were be­ing ar­ranged with vil­lage pri­mary school, the gram­mar school and

Pat Brodie, Ray El­liott and Penny Char­ratt the Na­tional Trust.

She said: “There has al­ready been an in­ci­dent where an am­bu­lance couldn’t get through­be­cause of the cars parked on both sides of the road. If there was a fire in the mid­dle of the vil­lage at three in the af­ter­noon, the fire en­gine wouldn’t get through.

“This could be a mat­ter of life and death and the traf­fic is only go­ing to get worse.”

Cam­paign­ers say the traf­fic has got so bad vil­lagers will not go out at cer­tain times for fear of con­fronta­tion with other driv­ers. “There are con­fronta­tions all the time,” said Pat. “Peo­ple’s be­hav­iour is get­ting more and more abu­sive, and you just can’t get through.”

Vil­lagers are hav­ing to pay ex­tra to have de­liv­er­ies at week- ends, be­cause lor­ries can’t get through to them dur­ing the week be­cause of thought­less park­ing.

“Work is due to be­gin next year on the Windy Cor­ner junc­tion, and that is go­ing to have a real im­pact on the vil­lage as peo­ple use it as a rat-run around the Paignton road­works. Most of our roads don’t have pave­ments and there is a se­ri­ous risk to life here. I can see some­body be­ing run over. This is all about giv­ing Galmp­ton a voice again, hope­fully be­fore there is a tragic ac­ci­dent.”

The group wants the schools to en­cour­age staff and older stu­dents to share cars or use pub­lic trans­port where they can. The group backs park­ing re­stric­tions and has been promised a monthly visit from a traf­fic war­den to mon­i­tor park­ing is­sues.

The group can be con­tacted at galmp­ton­traf­fic@gmail.com or leters can be dropped off at Galleon Stores.

Pic­ture: ANDY STYLES

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