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Around 142,800 people live in the Exeter area, compared to the Devon average of around 22,500

The Exeter area covers Exminster as well as 25 other surrounding parishes. There are around six times as many people living in the area compared to the Devon average.

Your local County Councillors are:

Priorities and issues raised at your local meeting (not in order of importance)

  • Strategic planning – roads, traffic and bus services
  • Support for small local businesses and social enterprises
  • Youth unemployment and opportunities
  • Support for families, the young, older people and vulnerable
  • Social community involvement with the over 60’s
  • Supporting dementia sufferers and reducing isolation of individuals

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10 comments on “Exeter

  1. The Charles Church development (Liberty Way – The Fairways near Old Rydon Lane, Topsham) has been established for some years.
    When can we expect:
    (a) a bus service (also, where would the stops be located?).
    (b) the promised railway halt (also, what position / car parking / facilities?).
    (c) a community centre and local shop.
    (d) litter and dog bins / regular sweeping.
    (e) Improved parking / through access on River Plate Road (v hazardous).

  2. The new Persimmon Homes develoment – Greenacres,Topsham Road, (New road by 501), Exeter, Devon, EX2 7AJ (and Charles Church – Great Woodcote Park) is now continuing at a great pace. This will exacerbate traffic problems in the area and especially along the Topsham Road / Countess Wear junction.
    Any new bus route must have dedicated bus priority lanes through the development (Newcourt) and the Topsham Road. The rail link into the city is mandatory to serve this high population development as per Cranbrook.

    • Devon County Council on said:

      Thank you for both of your comments. I have been speaking to officers in the Transport Planning Team and will get back to you as soon as I have a full response.

    • Devon County Council on said:

      Devon County Council has been working with the developers to adopt the new spine road and have been resolving a number of minor issues, including amending traffic calming measures to allow buses to run through the estate. Once we receive written permission from the house builder to operate the bus through the site, we will be able to run the service, which should be imminently. A review of the current parking arrangements is also needed to ensure safe and easy access for buses through the development. The intention is for temporary bus stops to be put in place in the first instance, with a view to installing permanent stops in the most beneficial locations once new resident patronage patterns become established.

      In terms of bus priority, the County Council has been investigating a number of bus priority options on Topsham Road to ensure that as further development comes forward, reliable inbound bus journey times are achieved to offer an attractive alternative to the car.

      The County Council will be meeting with the Newcourt residents’ forum and the Avocet Line Rail Users Group (ALRUG) over the next month to discuss and seek initial views on the rail proposals. Following this, a report will be taken to Cabinet in December to seek approval for the station layout and to approve submitting a planning application for the new rail halt in 2013. The station is to be located adjacent to the open space area, which was originally identified in the Royal Naval Stores Depot upper site planning application layout.

      The station will be served by all trains between Exeter and Exmouth providing a 30 minute frequency in each direction with a journey time to Exeter City Centre of just over 10 mins. The station will consist of a single platform with facilities similar to those at Digby and Sowton and will be fully accessible for disabled passengers.

      • Many Thanks for your update.

        • We have now had a residents meeting and had an update from the council on progress regarding the train halt.
          However, what we had not thought of beforehand …
          … We are all concerned about the large volume of Rugby supporters on the Chiefs matchdays crowding onto our properties and the commuters who will be blocking/parking on our roads using the train to go into town/work.

          • Devon County Council on said:

            Thank you for your comment. I understand from officers in the Transport Planning Team that there are planning conditions on the rugby stadium development. I will look into these further and get back to you as soon as I have a full response.

          • Devon County Council on said:

            In response to the potential impacts of rugby club match days –
            Ensuring that pedestrian routes to the rugby club are available, adequately lit and supervised is a planning requirement for the rugby club to address under the Match Day Access Strategy and S106 agreement. As part of the recent planning approval, the rugby club are committed to submit an updated Match Day Access Strategy including measures to manage arrivals and departures of rugby spectators for an increased capacity stadium. This will need to be approved by the local planning and highway authorities before the increased capacity can be used.

            In terms of addressing residential parking, the county council would need to consult with residents on whether a controlled parking zone similar to that adopted at Digby would be acceptable. If approved, the S106 agreement for the original 2004 stadium permission allows these changes to be made and recharged to the rugby club. Specifically, the clause in the S106 states that any costs incurred in advertising and bringing into force any necessary traffic orders (within a 1.5km radius of the stadium) will be reimbursed to the county council by the club.

            In response to the potential impacts of commuters -
            Provision for conventional long stay parking has been removed from the design so that driving to the station is discouraged. It is anticipated that the majority of the catchment will be within walking and cycling distance; however, should the need arise in the future, it will be possible to amend this at a later date.

  3. The local parks are no longer having all of their grass cut and removed. This makes it harder to find dog poo. Long grass under the trees may be good for wildlife but kids are more likely to pick up the poo on their shoes.

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