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     Safety Measures on A375 Sidbury Hill 

Having received representations from local residents I'm calling for safety measures on the A375 at Sidbury Hill as they say they’re ‘taking their lives in their hands’ exiting their driveways.

Both speeding and overtaking pose a danger on the steep road linking the East Devon village to Putts Corner and Honiton.

There is no doubt in my mind that Sidbury Hill is far more dangerous when it comes to overtaking than Four Elms Hill.

I should therefore like to see double white lines painted along the stretch ‘where there have already been crashes’.

Householders have expressed fears over the speed of overtaking vehicles heading up the hill – and that motorists coming down it into Sidbury can far exceed that of the 40mph limit.

“Residents egressing from their driveways say they are taking their lives in their hands,”  ‘The only way’ to stop the overtaking is for double white lines to be added – similar to those agreed for Four Elms Hill on the A3052 set to be painted in April/May.

new 40mph on the busy road between Sidmouth and Newton Poppleford has already been implemented.

“There is no doubt in my mind that Sidbury Hill is far more dangerous when it comes to overtaking than Four Elms Hill as it has several residential properties on it and each have to negotiate egressing safely,”

“When you’ve got to take on board both directions, you’ve certainly got to have your wits about you.

“As for heading towards the village and having taken a good look, I believe safety measures can be taken by using luminous backings for the 40mph speed limit signs and also the painting of 40mph roundels with ‘3, 2, 1’ rumble strips.”

I have therefore submitted a request for a report at the next East Devon Highways and Traffic Orders Committee in June.

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