Residents’ concerns spark overturn of month-long road closure in Sidbury

A month-long road closure planned for a village near Sidmouth has been overturned after residents raised concerns.

Wales and West Utilities said it has updated its plans to upgrade gas pipes in the Cotford Road area of Sidbury after consulting the local community.

The £165,000 work, which started last week, was originally planned to include a month-long road closure in Cotford Road.

But the plans were revised to include ‘a number of smaller and shorter road closures’ after residents raised concerns about the length of time and impact to the community.

Following the feedback, Wales & West Utilities has announced fresh road closures and diversions:

  • February 28 – March 4: A375 Cotford Road will be closed from Cotford Bridge (over the River Sid) to Roncombe Lane – including the first 100m of Roncombe Lane. A diversion route will be clearly signposted. Barring any engineering difficulties, A375 Cotford Road will reopen on March 4.
  • March 7 – 14: the first 100m of Roncombe Lane will remain closed. Access to the A375 Cotford Road will be maintained for homes on Roncombe Lane
  • From March 14 March: three-way traffic lights will be in place on Cotford Road at Cotford Bridge (over the River Sid) and Buckley Lane. Barring engineering difficulties, these lights are expected to be in place for one week.

Buckley Road was closed at its junction with A375 Cotford Road and a diversion was in place for around a week in mid-February.

John Loudoun, East Devon District Councillor for Sidmouth Rural Ward, said: “These are clearly essential works. I’m grateful to Wales & West Utilities for having reacted positively, and swiftly, to the concerns that I, and some residents, raised about the length of time and the impact on the flow of traffic along the A375, and through the village, that these works, as originally planned, would have had.

“Residents will be pleased that the disruption that these works will bring, has now been significantly reduced.

“I am pleased to have been able to work constructively with Wales & West Utilities on behalf of the village.”

Jake Sami, from Wales & West Utilities, managing this gas pipe upgrade work, said:

“We’re pleased that we’ve been able to update our plans to act on the views of the local community. We’re committed to working alongside local people to make sure we can do our essential work while keeping disruption to a minimum.

“Our work is essential to make sure we keep the gas flowing to homes and businesses in the area, and to make sure the gas network is fit for the future.

“While most of the gas network is underground and out of sight, it plays a central role in the daily lives of people across the Sidbury area. Whether it’s heating your home, making the family dinner or having a hot bath, we understand how important it is for your gas supply to be safe and reliable and there when you need it.”

For questions about the work, call Wales & West Utilities, freephone 0800 912 2999.

Road closures and diversions announced during March for Sidmouth town centre


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