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Westward Ho! residents left puzzled at arrows directing drivers in wrong direction

By North Devon Journal  |  Posted: January 23, 2014

  • The road signs directing people the wrong way down a one way system. Photo: John Slee

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WESTWARD HO! residents would have driven on the wrong side of the road down a one way street if they had followed road markings.

Nelson Road, which was recently closed for sewage works, had new arrows painted on – pointing drivers in the wrong direction.

Not only did they suggest drivers go the wrong direction down the one way road but they directed motorists to drive on the opposite side of the road.

The markings left one resident puzzled. He sent a picture in to the Journal to ask if Westward Ho! had turned "continental".

John Slee said: "I first noticed the arrows on Saturday.

"They indicated we should all drive on the right but if this were not dangerous enough, they were on a one-way street."

Nelson Road was due to be closed until February 7, but was reopened on January 16 while work was temporarily stopped.

According the chairman of Northam Town Council, Barry Mason, the markings were supposed to be temporary to allow access to the road while part of it was closed for the sewage works.

He said: "The lines were right while the road was closed, but South West Water hit a snag and had to re-open the road temporarily and re-adjust its plans.

"The new road markings were left on by mistake."

Mr Mason said the council was aware of the problem, and had been warning drivers in the meantime to ignore the markings and follow the one way signs that were still in place.

Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council cabinet member for highway management, said the arrows had now been put right.

He said: "Balfour Beatty is currently undertaking work in Westward Ho! on behalf of South West Water.

"Both Nelson Road and Golf Links Road had been closed in order to facilitate this work.

"The white arrows on the road were painted by Balfour Beatty in order to provide access to properties while the road was closed. Works have currently been suspended on site but will reconvene again next week. Balfour Beatty have covered over the arrows in the interim period and their further use will be reviewed when the road works recommence."

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  • Pravda  |  January 24 2014, 12:18PM

    Oh?!?! Nothing to do with Northam town council. I see. Read the article carefully DB361, because you'll find that I did - and I'd rather believe the comment the Journal obtained over and above the opinion of just anyone posting in response... "According the chairman of Northam Town Council, Barry Mason, the markings were supposed to be temporary to allow access to the road while part of it was closed for the sewage works".

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  • Sowester  |  January 23 2014, 4:42PM

    Would mislead drivers have been fined? Silly question.

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  • Nonnymoose  |  January 23 2014, 2:17PM

    Incompetence like this frightens me. If these people can't do a simple job, notice something doesn't look right and seek advice then heaven help us when something difficult needs to be done. It seems to me that incompetence is now the rule rather than the exception.

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  • DB361  |  January 23 2014, 11:17AM

    Pravda - this has nothing to do with Northam Town Council whatsoever. It was South West Water that made the mistake as they have a legal responsibility to reinstate the road to exactly as it was before they started their works.

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  • Pravda  |  January 23 2014, 10:41AM

    Northam town council, another silly error... huge surprise!

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