'Traffic chaos' after building collapses in Uffculme
Road danger fears in Uffculme have been triggered by the collapse of a Grade-II listed building that has closed the High Street.
The resulting diversion of traffic, including heavy goods vehicles, to Uffculme’s narrow Fore Street has led to a 'hazardous' build up of traffic. Residents have recognised the excessive volume of traffic caused by the collapse of the Half Moon as a source of future danger, particularly to those who live on Fore Street.
Despite concerns about the approaching increase of children in the area as the summer holiday draws to an end, locals have received no official comment from Devon County Council about how long the Fore Street diversion will last.
Resident and owner of the Old Bakery Bed and Breakfast David Asplin said ‘ I have genuine concern for this as a safety issue and am calling for official information from the council as there is a significant threat posed by large vehicles".
David claims possible solutions, including temporary safety measures, are said to have been seen by the council as too costly to establish.
Councillor Diane Brandon, who represents the village on Mid Devon District Council, has described the current situation as a ‘nightmare’.
While talk of petitions circulates Uffculme, residents remain anxious amid concerns that the diversion may last up to 12 months.