Earlier this year we were approached by the County Highways team with proposals to cease maintaining six stretches of road that they believed were little used. The Town Council agreed to assist them by undertaking the public consultation on their behalf. It was pleasing that there was a high level of response from residents both for and against the proposals.
Highways have now had the time to consider the responses and reach a final decision on the routes in question:-
Site 1 – Teign Lane
This section serves as an access road for properties and on that basis it is being removed from the consultation and will remain as a maintenance Category 10 road. This means that a safety inspection is carried out annually and remedial action taken when necessary.
Site 2 – Higher Ranscombe to Rattycombe Farm
This was included within the consultation because it met the original criteria– it doesn’t serve properties and there is a suitable alternative route. However, as expected, a strong level of objection was receivedfrom parties indicating that it is an important route for residents accessing the A38 and onwards. There is intended to be no change to the status of this road.
Site 3 – Ridge Lane/Kerswell to Warren Lane
Large amount of objection letters/emails received, including two petitions containing 58 signatures. As such maintenance will continue, but we have taken the opportunity to review our own internal classification of this road, and as such the maintenance category will be lowered from 9 to 10.
Site 4 – Biddlecombe Cross to Winstow Plantation
Various comments made about this road in objection to the proposals. Maintenance will continue, but we have taken the opportunity to review our own internal classification of this road, and as such the maintenance category will be lowered from 8 to 10.
Site 5 – Parr’s Lane
One objection received to this proposal, but several in support of the site. As such it is proposed that the bottom 250m (approx) be downgraded to a green lane - maintenance category 12.Access will still be available to the fields for landowners.
Site 6 – Higher Dunscombe
No objections received relating to this road. Having had the opportunity to review the situation, it seems appropriate to close it off at the top end (A380) by some form of physical measure.
Therefore from the A380 north towards Higher Dunscombe Farm for a distance of approx. 250m will be downgraded to a green lane, maintenance category 12.