NEWSLETTER GALMPTON RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION – MAY 2006
WINDY CORNER JUNCTION - NEW COUNCIL PROPOSALS
EXHIBITION - GALMPTON VILLAGE HALL - 30-31 May, 11.00-6.30
The Highways department have devised 2 alternative schemes, to speed up the flow of traffic through the junction, which are
currently open to public consultation. The proposals would affect the Common, village traffic and amenities so GRA feel it is
important for residents to make their views known to the Council before a decision is made.
The Council’s public consultation exhibition at Churston Library 3 weeks ago was poorly advertised and poorly attended. In
response to residents’ requests, GRA has therefore arranged for another opportunity at Galmpton Village Hall on Tuesday and
Wednesday, 30-31 May, 11.00-6.30, to view the plans, and video and to register your comments (and have a coffee).
The Council’s Two Options
Both schemes provide a filter lane for northbound traffic turning left on to the ring road, reaching back to the War Memorial to
reduce tailbacks towards Brixham at an estimated cost of £100,000.
Scheme A would construct a new filter lane by widening the road cutting into the main Common by
some 410 square metres.
Scheme B would provide the filter lane by using both lanes of the existing road for northbound traffic, and creating a new route for
southbound vehicles along the first 50 metres of Bascombe Road, onto a new stretch of carriageway dissecting the small visitors car
park, to rejoin the main Brixham road at the bus pull-in, taking in about 240 square metres of Common.
Under both schemes the Langdon Lane bus stop would be moved back and cut out of the Common beyond the War Memorial.
Pedestrian and cycleways would be provided, and a zebra crossing across the filter lane at the junction.
Points of concern
GRA oppose any incursions damaging or diminishing Galmpton Warborough Common, which was gifted to “THE PEOPLE OF
GALMPTON” as tranquil surroundings to the War Memorial. It is a lovely open space, a beautiful and uplifting viewpoint, not least
for commuters on their journeys. Since stewardship was taken over from the Parish Council by Torbay Council their management
has been lax and often damaging. Between the Highways Department proposals option B (the southbound “Bascombe Road Loop”)
is only the “lesser evil” taking less land; but couldn’t even this loop be shortened to avoid bisecting the popular car park?
Will these changes bring any lasting improvement worth damaging the Common?
As always the Highway Department’s assumes that more cars are worth more than green space; and that more tarmac would solve
congestion, rather than simply attracting more cars to quickly reach new saturation levels (as London has realised). They don’t
address the “causes” of traffic. In repeated Local Plan submissions GRA has consistently advocated faster public transport and
bus lanes as the only REAL solution to congestion problems along the roads to Brixham, and throughout Torbay.
Why not reduce or contain traffic volume?
1. By deterring ‘on spec’ visitors from pointless journeys to (and immediately back from) Brixham, when the town is already
saturated with cars, by automated “Brixham Car Parks Full” signs (like at Totnes) placed well before Windy Corner;
2. By creating bus lanes to let the them overtake traffic queues, provide faster services and tempt commuters from their cars
(e.g. from Monksbridge Road to Gramercy Hall; from Brockenbury to Manor Vale Road; and through Paignton, Polsham
3. Allow cars with 2-4 passengers (i.e. not just the driver) also to use the new bus lanes to give incentives to car sharing.;
4. Summer Torbay is a traffic saturated urban area. What about Congestion Charges with ringroad park and ride schemes?
Other Problems in the schemes.
1. Cars speeding down a long filter lane towards the Ring road will create severe problems for village traffic entering and leaving
Langdon Lane, which often only gets released when cars stopped by the traffic lights hold up vehicles heading for the Ring road;
2. Other village exits at Manor Vale Road and Greenaway Road already are more difficult in continuous moving traffic streams.
3. Even more rushing drivers will ignore priority in the hached junction “boxes“ at Langdon Lane.
4. The bus stop at Langdon Lane should NOT be moved to the middle of the Common where it would be ridiculously inaccessible
and inconvenient for passengers and cut further into the Common.
5. It is not necessary or desirable to lay a tarmac cycleway across the Common to replace the rural path currently used by
pedestrians and cyclists.
TELL YOUR FRIENDS – COME TO THE VILLAGE HALL EXHIBITION – TELL THE COUNCIL!
GALMPTON RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION
PUBLIC CONSULTATION EXHIBITION
TORBAY COUNCIL PROPOSALS FOR ENLARGING
GALMPTON VILLAGE HALL
11.00-6.30, Tuesday & Wednesday,
Plans – Video – Display - Coffee
Come And Give The Council Your Views!
Tell your neighbours