A ROAD closure in Uplyme is causing “chaos” in the country lanes, according to residents.
A section of the main B3165 Lyme Road in Uplyme was closed last week while flood prevention works are carried out. Although the closure only affects a short section of the road – between Uplyme Village Hall and the Murco garage – it has completely prevented access along the main road, resulting in “gridlock” in the surrounding narrow lanes.
Residents have expressed concern over the safety of children getting to and from Mrs Ethelston’s Primary School, as drivers are using Church Street, Pound Lane and Cooks Mead to avoid the closure.
Some have requested that the road be temporarily opened during school drop-off and pick-up times, or traffic lights are used to let one lane of traffic through.
The problem was exacerbated last Tuesday morning when an articulated lorry became stuck in Gore Lane for several hours, having been redirected along the narrow road.
Uplyme parish clerk Ricky Neave reported the problems to Highway Management Road Closure Administration at Devon County Council on both Monday and Tuesday of last week as an urgent matter but said there was “very little else the parish council can do”.
A statement from the parish council on social media said: “Once the drainage culvert has been replaced, the road will be open again and the work on the new footpath on the village hall side of the road should not require more than traffic lights at worst. There is as yet no start date confirmed.
“HGVs ignore signage unfortunately. Both Gore and Woodhouse lanes have been affected on too many occasions!”
Lyme Road is expected to re-open on Sunday, March 18. The car park outside Uplyme Village Hall has also been blocked off to allow for the flood prevention works, but the front of the hall can still be accessed by vehicles and there is parking available at the back of the venue.
Devon County Council recently approved the flood improvement schemes for Uplyme and Ivybridge, which are expected to cost more than £500,000in total. A review of the drainage systems in Uplyme had highlighted restrictions and inadequate capacities which created a risk of flooding.
More than 14 properties were reported to have been flooded internally during 2012, some on multiple occasions.