Round­about es­capes dou­ble yel­low lines

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Res­i­dents have won their cam­paign against a ban on park­ing around a round­about at the bot­tom of a cul-de-sac in Ex­eter.

Devon County Coun­cil’s Ex­eter High­ways Com­mit­tee agreed not to go ahead with dou­ble yel­low lines around the traf­fic is­land in Bonville Close. Res­i­dents of the road, which al­ready has fewer park­ing spa­ces than houses, ob­jected to the plan for ‘no wait­ing at any time’ which they said would have a huge im­pact by re­mov­ing six park­ing spa­ces.

They said the change would move cars else­where in the road, and they asked for more park­ing bays to be cre­ated. That would have to be done by Ex­eter City Coun­cil, which owns the land, coun­cil­lors were told.

Res­i­dent Damian Wel­land said: “There are be­tween 37 and 40 houses and flats in our close. Eleven have drive­ways and there are 19 spa­ces on the road/bays for park­ing which equals 30 spa­ces in to­tal, so by tak­ing away the park­ing around the round­about there is not go­ing to be enough park­ing for ev­ery­body who lives down here.”

Jenny Pill added: “I do see the safety an­gle to stop­ping the park­ing on the round­about as it is dif­fi­cult for the coun­cil bus, the refuse col­lec­tors and for emer­gency ser­vices to ma­noeu­vre.

“How­ever, it is im­por­tant that the coun­cil of­fers a pos­i­tive al­ter­na­tive.”

A re­port to coun­cil­lors said: “The pro­posal was to pro­tect the traf­fic is­land and pre­vent ob­struc­tive park­ing. How­ever, due to the level of op­po­si­tion, and as the res­i­dent re­quest­ing re­stric­tions has signed the pe­ti­tion against this pro­posal, it is rec­om­mended that this re­quest is not pro­gressed.”

Coun­cil­lors also agreed not to go ahead with park­ing re­stric­tions in the turn­ing area at Madi­son Av­enue, Ex­eter, af­ter ob­jec­tions from res­i­dents.

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