TRAFFIC PROBLEM: Martin Cassini wants to solve Braunton's traffic problems by getting rid of the lights in the Square. Picture: Mike Southon 0708-119-12
CAMPAIGNER: Martin Cassini
A CAMPAIGNER wants to turn off the traffic lights in Braunton and let motorists decide who should go first.
TV producer Martin Cassini campaigns for road traffic reforms and wants to trial a revolutionary no traffic lights scheme at the Square in Braunton, switching off the current four-way system.
Braunton Parish Council invited him to a meeting last Monday where he gave a presentation.
Thousands of tourists head through Braunton for Saunton, Croyde, Ilfracombe and Woolacombe during the summer months, which leads to regular congestion in and around the village.
Some Braunton councillors say no traffic lights could help alleviate this congestion.
Mr Cassini told the
: "In a nutshell I am trying to change the culture from priority to equality so everyone gets a fair crack of the whip.
"I am certain, as certain as I can be, it will make the world a better place.
"Rather than spend money on negative control culture and turn South Street into a no entry let's launch a Junction Efficiency Trial (JET).
"Let's launch a JET and put Braunton on the map and put our faith back in everyone."
Mr Cassini appeared on Newsnight in 2008 and has launched a campaign called Fit Roads.
He also featured Braunton in a recent road safety video.
He said: "Human nature means we are perfectly capable of acting without junction management. You see this when lights are out of action.
"We take care and follow slowly like we do in other walks of life.
"Since the beginning of time humans have managed to move without fail and based on two principles, to survive and to not harm others.
"When lights are out of action people begin to act based on common sense and courtesy.
"It doesn't mean there will never be accidents but all the evidence suggests - particularly from Drachten in Holland where there is such a scheme - that incidences of accidents and congestion virtually disappear."
Braunton Parish Council now plans to write to Devon County Council asking for its solution on the Square and its opinion on having no traffic lights.
Roy Lucas, the chairman of North Devon Council and a Braunton parish councillor, said: "This could help alleviate the situation. When the lights are taken out, everything slows and we abide by the rules of the road, giving way to the right."
Chairman of the council Caroline Chugg said: "We will say to Devon County Council that doing nothing is not an option.
"The current congestion in Braunton is horrendous."
It is understood an agreement with Tesco means the supermarket giant could give money towards a traffic scheme in Braunton.