Villagers seek roadworks reassurances
RESIDENTS from Kingskerswell are seeking the reassurances that disruption and congestion in their village will be kept to a minimum after work starts to build the bypass.
The proposals for the South Devon Link Road have been on show as part of exhibitions on the 5.5km dual carriageway project.
Edward Whereat, chairman of Kingskerswell Parish Council, said: "From the village's point of view, we are happy it is decided on now. The road is going ahead and that has put people's minds at rest so people can plan for what they want to do.
"We are very concerned on the village's behalf of the amount if dust, general upheaval and disruption we are going to face.
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"We are looking for reassurances and we have been given them. They say they will be doing everything possible to keep it to a minimum.
"We want village life maintained without too much disruption.
He said they were having regular meetings with Devon County Council and the contractors and although the plans for the remained the same, they were happy that lines of communication were being kept open.
Cllr Anthony Ballinger, vice chairman of the parish council, said: "The residents are resigned the road is going through. One of the main concerns is about noise pollution and we have been told the road surfaces would be such to keep noise to a minimum.
"We are concerned about what is going to happen during construction and we have had assurances. It is a busy road from Torquay to Newton Abbot. In the summer it is chaos and it is going to be even worse.
"Our concerns are for the people of Kingskerswell and to alleviate anything that will be a problem."
The road was given full approval by the Government in May. Galliford Try was appointed to build it. Work is due to begin next month and be completed by December, 2015.
Devon County Council and Torbay Council are behind the £110million project. Teignbridge Council is also contributing.
The exhibitions continue today at Paignton Library, 2-6pm; Friday: Passmore Edwards Centre, Newton Abbot, 2-7pm. Plans and exhibition materials will also be at Torquay Library between September 17 and 29.