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  • COPPLESTONE PARISH COUNCIL CHAIRMAN BRIEFS MP ON ROAD SAFETY PROJECT

    Mel Stride

    COPPLESTONE Parish Council Chairman Stuart Penny has brought the village’s local Member of Parliament up to speed on a road safety project that is being undertaken by the parish council. Cllr Penny explained that there were significant risks to pedestrians by heavy and often fast-moving traffic when walking along the main road between where the pavement ends at the Coleford Lane junction and the Methodist Cemetery junction – a distance of approximately 100 metres. The pair were joined by Copplestone’s District Councillors Derek Coren and Peter Heal. 


    Cllr Penny told Central Devon MP Mel Stride that the section of the road is becoming increasingly popular for villagers, especially dog walkers, as part of a circular route from the village, round to Coleford, and returning by way of the bottom lane to the village and is frequently walked by families who live in the small hamlet of Furzedown as it provides the most direct route to the village, including to the village stores, bus stops and railway station.  


    Cllr Penny said: “The Parish Council has decided that the most practical solution would be to create a timber-edged footpath down the centre of the grass verge on the north side of the A3072 which would link the pavement at the entrance to the Lychgate Housing development, as far up to the point opposite the road junction to the Methodist cemetery. We have obtained a quotation for the work and are now looking at ways to fund the project.” 


    Mr Stride added: “It was very good to have an opportunity to discuss road safety and the parish council’s proposals for the new pavement with Stuart, Derek and Peter and I have offered whatever support I can provide.” 







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