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Looe road repairs delayed for a week to allow public consultation

By cg_ailsam  |  Posted: February 26, 2014

St Martin's Road in Looe

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Roadworks in Looe which could leave residents facing a seven mile diversion have been delayed for a week to allow a public consultation to take place.

The repairs are needed after a landslip on March 22 last year that claimed the life of Sue Norman, whose home on neighbouring Sandplace Road was struck by the falling debris.

Work, which was due to start on neighbouring St Martin's Road on Monday, includes using soil nails to stabilise the slope, and installing raised kerbs along the edge of the road.

The complex operation would see St Martin’s Road closed to all traffic until the beginning of July, meaning a seven mile detour for some local residents.

Now the town council has said it wants the public to have their say first, and has delayed the start of the project until the following week.

Edwina Hannaford, Cornwall councillor for West Looe said: “I am frustrated that a public consultation hasn’t happened before.

“We can check about what people think the issues are that will come up - they will be severely affected.”

St Martin’s Road will be closed from the site of “Boundary Bungalow” at the top of the road to the junction with Sandplace Road.

Barclay House Hotel will remain fully accessible throughout the whole period and arrangements will be made to ensure access for local residents and to the Woodlands Guest House.

The diversions in operation will be:

*From the east and north, access to East and West Looe the diversion will be via the A387 – from Trerulefoot, this journey takes less than 20 minutes.

*There is also access to businesses along the B3253 to Barclay House - all the destinations along this route can be reached from Trerulefoot in 10-15 minutes. These include businesses and holiday parks including Looe Bay Holiday Park, Looe Caravan Club campsite, Tregoad Park, together with Barbican Road and the Barratt Homes estate.

*The other main route to Looe, for traffic coming from the west, is the B3359/A387 via Pelynt. Signs highlighting the access routes will be placed at key locations.

Mrs Hannaford said that the closure of St Martin’s Road will mean that there will be a seven mile detour around Sandplace.

She said: “People living in Polperro who go to school in Looe will be affected alongside residents in Morval where there are already issues with speeding.

“This has an effect on peoples’ lives - buses won’t be able to go through St Martins Hill.

“We need a proper plan in place to minimize the impact - people need to realise the implications of it.”

A drop-in session for residents will take place at the Millpool Centre, West Looe on Friday from 2pm until 7pm and also there is a town council meeting at The Guildhall, Fore Street at 7pm on Monday.

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