Frustration grows over Lyme Regis' traffic problems

Bridport and Lyme Regis News: STUCK IN THE MIDDLE: Traffic problems in Church Street and Bridge Street, Lyme Regis STUCK IN THE MIDDLE: Traffic problems in Church Street and Bridge Street, Lyme Regis

LYME Regis councillors expressed frustration at the years of delays in solving the town’s traffic problems – but vowed to keep pressing for solutions.

The council raised 14 highways issues with Dorset County Council after a meeting with both Police and Crime Commissioner Martyn Underhill and former county council traffic group manager Matthew Piles.

Those issues included parking problems at Woodroffe School, traffic congestion in Church Street and HGVs delivering to Broad Street shops causing tailbacks.

Councillors had hoped for solutions to at least some of the traffic problems following that meeting but since then the council has not received any news on progress on any of the issues. At Tuesday’s planning and highways committee meeting councillors expressed their frustration.

Coun Terry O’Grady said one of the major issues brought up at the meeting with Mr Underhill was the lack of enforcement for illegal parking in the town.

Coun O’Grady said: “When Mr Underhill came to the meeting in August he said he would chase up any fixed penalty notices and we have heard nothing back.

“Church Street is vital because of the health and safety issues there during the summer season.

“Woodroffe School is also very important and we need to chase that up urgently.

“I do not understand why they have dragged their feet on this when it involves children’s safety.”

Coun Stan Williams then said he felt that the council needed to start prioritising what they wanted dealt with first.

He said: “We really need to think of our priorities and decide which one we would like to see done first.

“We really need to get positive on this and think what desperately needs doing.

“They all want doing, we know that, but we all know that they will say to us: ‘We have no money’.

“They went away with a lot of promises but we have not yet had any replies.

“We should be looking at two or three of these problems, such as the issues on Church Street, and say that is vital, we need to get that done.”

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