Improving pedestrian safety in the Square
Almost four years ago, we held a public meeting at which a number of measures to improve road safety were overwhelmingly approved by those present. Since then, as you will have seen from previous newsletters, Chillaton parish councillors have been working with the Highway Authority to try to implement as many as possible.
Progress has been slow, because of the lack of funds and the low priority given to Chillaton as no recorded serious or fatal accidents have occurred here in recent years.
However, an opportunity has arisen to include the proposed improvements for pedestrian safety in the Square with the renewal of the white lines at the road junction.
The following drawing shows the creation of a pedestrian refuge by the bridge, which should make vehicles take the corner further away from the wall. Obviously, paint doesn't make a good vehicle barrier and people standing there need to take care, but it should help.
On the other side of the square, there will be a pedestrian 'lane' between the wall of Running Waters and the inside edge of two new parking bays. That will give much better protection for people walking there and also improve sight lines for vehicles turning left at the junction, as they will be slightly further away from the corner.
It is hoped that the white lines will be applied in the next two or three weeks.