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Road to Devon’s sandy beach ‘dangerous’

Road to Devon’s sandy beach ‘dangerous’

Road to Devon’s sandy beach ‘dangerous’

People living next to a narrow seafront road in Torquay have called for measures to protect pedestrians from speeding traffic. They say the stretch of Ilsham Road between Ilsham Marine Drive and Meadfoot Green is unsafe.

There is no pavement and passing cars have been clocked at up to 45mph in the 30mph zone. Residents want a sidewalk and a 20 mph limit. Beth Huntley, who presented a petition to Torbay Council, said: “This stretch of road is extremely dangerous. Help us feel safer.”




Her petition was signed by more than 120 people and said many pedestrians and cyclists used the path linking Meadfoot beach to the green.

He continued: “Although most vehicles obey the current 30mph speed limit, many are not prepared to stop or give pedestrians the required two meter distance under the updated Highway Code.

“Improving safe access to roads for all users is essential if we are to improve the uptake of active travel, which is key to tackling climate change.”

Ms Huntley told councilors she was “overwhelmed” by the strength of feeling in the neighborhood and was surprised by how many people said they would not walk the route because it was unsafe.

“Don’t children deserve a safer route to school?” she asked.

The petition has been forwarded to a council manager to consider a response.