PL:21 - Project Latest
We have been studying the Ivybridge Neighbourhood Plan that came out in October 2016. There are several things that attracted our attention. Perhaps most worrying is the volume of traffic that will only increase with the new developments. We now have as much traffic at peak times within Ivybridge as prior to when the A38 dual carriageway was built.
Another item that attracted our interest is the suggestion for a town square. Now this sounds a really good idea as we do not have one. A well designed square becomes the hub of a town where people freely mingle and socialise. We like that.
We also like that the Plan wants to enhance the River Erme’s ecological status and wants to improve our quality of life.
It seems to us that the main threat to quality of life in Ivybridge is traffic. Not only are we approaching gridlock at peaks hours but exhaust fumes are bad for our health while people are too scared to use bikes and some of our footpaths are too narrow. We also have our railway line which is substantially underused. It seems to us that before we propose new houses and businesses, we need a traffic management plan and that whoever does it should have the necessary knowledge and experience to give us an improved quality of life.
Our energy team continues to take part in the Government's Big Energy Saving Network over the coming winter and are able to offer one to one advice to help people get the best from their suppliers and reduce their fuel bills. All advice is free and impartial so please get in touch if they can help - 0800 112 3044. Please see the energy section for more info.
Our cycling team continues to work with Sustrans and Active Devon to develop another series of led cycle rides, including family rides. Please see Events page where we hope to announce more events in January
Other future events might include habitat conservation work on the Stowford Mill site and an electrical appliance repair day. Watch this space and if you'd like to get involved please get in touch