Drainage improvements planned for Temple Street, Sidmouth

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Posted on: 25 November 2015

Drainage improvements are due to be carried out in Temple Street in Sidmouth early next year.

The road will be closed from Ascerton Road to Sid Park Road for five weeks, starting from Monday 18 January.

New drainage pipes and connections will be installed, old brick gullies will be replaced, and gulley covers and frames will be upgraded. The scheme also involves reconstruction and resurfacing of the road and footway.

Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council Cabinet member for Highway Management and local member for Sidmouth and Sidford, said: “This is an important scheme which I’m sure will be welcomed by residents. It will improve this section of the road by aiming to alleviate the localised ponding that currently occurs on Temple Street, making it more resilient during wet weather. There is some uncertainty over exactly what may be found underground, so the scheme may be extensive, but it is essential. It also makes sense to take the opportunity to improve the road surface on Temple Street as part of this scheme.

“Unfortunately, there will be some delays while Temple Street is closed but we are ensuring the work is carried out in the winter months, avoiding Christmas and well in advance of the Easter break, in order to minimise disruption. Although the Trow Hill scheme will be taking place around the same time, that scheme involves overnight closures, and if the two schemes were staggered the work would extend into Easter.”

The formal diversion route will be via All Saints Road, the B3176 (Station Rd), the A3052, and A375 (Sidford Rd).

2 comments on “Drainage improvements planned for Temple Street, Sidmouth

  1. gillian dunkley says:

    Please clarify exactly where the closure will start as regards Ascerton Road. Will the residents leaving Asc. Road and close be able to turn right (south) or will there be no access into Temple street at all. If not, there will be a permanent traffic jam at the top of Ascerton road where it meets Hillview. Also there will be no way for recyclers and refuse collectors to get their vehicles into Ascerton road and close. Resients will effectively be unable to use their cars for 5 weeks.

    • Thanks for your comment. Access to residential properties will be maintained at all times. Residents leaving Ascerton Road/Close will be able to turn right onto Temple Street (towards the town centre) but extra care should be taken whilst negotiating the road works. It may be more preferable to use Peaslands Road via Hill View to avoid the road works altogether. Refuse/recycling collections will continue as usual.

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