Local people and businesses in the Sidford/Sidbury area are being asked for their views on proposals for a new multi-use trail linking Sidford to Hillside,Sidbury.
From November 22 to January 5 members of the public can view the draft scheme and provide feedback before formal planning permission is sought.
The proposals are for a multi-use trail, approximately half a mile in length, from the north side of the village of Sidford along the western side of the A375 (Two Bridges Road) connecting to Hillside, Sidbury.
Starting on land adjacent to the Waste Water Treatment Plant on the east of Two Bridges Road, the trail would cross the A375 via a new Toucan controlled signal controlled crossing and run along the western side of the A375 in a northerly direction.
It would cross Ottery Lane with a new cycle/walking pedestrian priority crossing and through the existing agricultural land, eventually connecting into Hillside.
This is Phase 1 of the route, with developers providing Phase 2 between Hillside and Sidbury as part of their development.
These proposals follow a previous planning application for a cycle scheme from Sidford to Sidbury which ran along the eastern side of the A375.
However, a decision was made to withdraw that planning application because of engineering challenges, expected higher costs and concerns that the distance from the main road might reduce the perception of personal safety, particularly when dark.
Additionally, the eastern route would have required agreements with multiple landowners, whereas the western route requires permission from one landowner.
Councillor Stuart Hughes, the local county councillor for Sidmouth and Cabinet Member for Highway Management, said: “These plans for a multi use trail at this location is very welcome news and is something that I have advocated for a number of years and would extend the current ‘Byes’ multi use trail between Sidmouth and Sidford.
“It will provide walkers and cyclists, who at present have to use the busy A375, with a safe alternative route while proposals for a new toucan crossing will provide people with a safe place to cross and will slow down vehicles approaching Sidford.
“Sidbury residents will have a safe route to Sidford, Sidmouth and the Community College, and it will also encourage more people to choose active travel for short local journeys which will benefit their health and the environment.”
“These proposals aren’t set in stone and we want to hear what local people think and any suggestions before we apply for planning permission.”
You can give your views by viewing the plans on the Have Your Say webpage and answering a short survey.
Alternatively, please send any responses to email@example.com
All correspondence should quote the scheme name: Sidbury Walking and Cycling Scheme
An online consultation event will be held on Monday 4th December between 5.30 & 6.30pm. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to request an invite to the event.
It is anticipated that the formal planning application will be submitted in Spring 2024.