Have your say on proposed pedestrian crossing

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The pedestrian crossing is set to be built between the Pug & Puffin and Joules stores, as shown on the image, with the loss of car parking either side

MEMBERS of the public are being encouraged to have their say on a proposed pedestrian crossing in Lyme Regis.

The puffin crossing will be sited in Broad Street, between the Pug & Puffin and Joules stores, creating a safe place to cross in the town centre but resulting in the loss of up to seven or eight car parking spaces.

The town council first pushed for a pedestrian crossing to improve safety in the town centre in 2016, with more than 600 residents signing a petition.

Dorset County Council then approved the scheme and assigned money in its budget for this financial year, but after returning to the town council with more specific plans, members expressed concerns over the position of the crossing and the loss of too many car parking spaces.

However, town councillors still approved plans for the crossing, as the county council said there was no alternative practical location.

Dorset County Council is now advertising a traffic regulation order, to change parking and waiting restrictions in Broad Street to allow for the puffin crossing, and members of the public can respond to the consultation up until July 27.

The traffic order currently being advertised will reduce the existing limited waiting on the northern side of Broad Street and the no waiting at any time and no loading/unloading between the hours of 10.30am to 1pm and 2pm to 5pm, June 1 to September 30, on the southern side to provide space for a new puffin crossing, which the county council says will “provide a safe and secure light controlled crossing on the busy A3052 in the town centre”.

Relevant exemptions will apply where appropriate and as necessary in accordance with the provisions of the order.

Comments of support or objection would be welcome before the closing date of July 27. To view the full details of the traffic order or to make a comment, visit https://bit.ly/2m1Hgl2

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About Francesca Evans 769 Articles
Francesca grew up in Lyme Regis and has worked in community journalism in the area since 2011, having gained a First Class Honours degree in journalism and her NCTJ qualifications at Southampton Solent University.

3 Comments

  1. Can you imagine how long the traffic would be held up in the town with never ending lights for the crossing. Not to mention the loss of parking places which are essential for the shoppers and livelihood of the businesses. This is definitely not a good idea. There has never been a problem crossing the road in Broad Street without a pedestrian crossing even with children!

  2. This is madness the chaos in Lyme is already at its limit. Locals know not to come into the town now but to shop elsewhere. Do you want to finally kill off Lyme Regis?

  3. please don’t do it – its a lazy solution to a bigger problem ! Please sort out the matter of the eyesore derelict Cups Hotel first !

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