IT’S ALL ABOUT REDUCING VISUAL IMPACT on the environment and…
IT WILL BE AT LEAST six more years (that’s two elections away) before Devon County Council’s proposed A30/A303 upgrade from Ilminster in Somerset to Honiton, in Devon is put on the table – let alone started.
But in the meantime that stretch of road between Ilminster and Taunton is being turned into dual carriageway and will clearly siphon traffic helter skelter down the M5. AS more traffic diverts East Devon must surely begin to fade from memory and its visitor pool evaporate as ever larger numbers of visitors are encouraged to turn right.
So how best to tempt more of them into that part of Devon that is already being overlooked by persuading them to head for the beauty of the Blackdown Hills and what lies beyond? One suggestion might be to employ a sandwich-board person on the minimum wage to stand at the Ilminster roundabout. Assuming an eight-hour day, a five-day week and a season running from, say, April to September, this would not only create employment it would cost ratepayers just £7,280 per annum or £43,680 for the full six years. Cheaper than the £220-million currently being mooted.