Pavement wrecked by lorries sparks complaint in Colyton

A pavement near a new housing estate in Colyton is being ‘continually destroyed’ by lorries, a resident has complained. 

The Saxon Meadow development, taking place on Coly Road, is for 16 homes dwellings on land next to the Peace Memorial Playing Fields.

But as a result of lorries delivering to the scheme, the pavements have been churned up and become unusable.

Devon County Council’s (DCC) highways department had cordoned off the walkway and created a temporary pedestrian access via the road, but in doing so, did not include a drop curb.

One Colyton resident said: “My wheelchair-bound mother’s only route out of her house into town is via the pavement.

“This pavement is continually being destroyed by lorries delivering to the Saxon Meadow housing development.

The damaged pavement in Coly way, Colyton, and Devon County Council's diversion for pedestrians.

The damaged pavement in Coly Road, Colyton.

“This week it has been churned up so badly, it has made the pavement unusable, and virtually rendered my mother housebound as a result.

“To make matters worse, Highways have been out to cordon it off and create a temporary pedestrian access via the road, but they have managed to include zero drop curb access, meaning she would need to have her wheelchair literally in the middle of the road to get through.”

In response, a DCC spokesman said today (Friday): “Contractors were repairing the pavement yesterday, it should now be repaired. We apologise for the inconvenience this has caused.”

The damaged pavement in Coly way, Colyton, and Devon County Council's diversion for pedestrians.

Devon County Council’s diversion for pedestrians.

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