'Cone rebellion' in Devon ahead of controversial works

Cones have been moved from parking bays on Queen Street in Newton Abbot ahead of controversial works
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Locals in a Devon town centre have 'protested' against a controversial works scheme by removing cones from parking spaces. The contentious plan to revamp Queen Street in Newton Abbot is set to start tomorrow (May 28) but yellow cones were placed in parking bays along the street earlier today.

One resident reportedly took it upon themselves to pick up the cones and stack them up on the pavement to make way for vehicles to park. One witness who took pictures of the stacked up cones told DevonLive: "Cone rebellion going on in Newton Abbot due to the extremely controversial closing of Queen Street to traffic. It's in part an organised protest."

According to the Devon County Council website, the works on Queen Street are due to start on Tuesday. It will affect the section of Queen Street between Courtenay Street and The Avenue, and a number of the surrounding junctions and side roads.

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Construction is expected to progress in seven phases, broadly starting at Queen Street’s western end and finishing at its eastern end. The council said its goal is to finish all the improvements by the end of November 2024, in time for the busy Christmas shopping season.

The scheme includes a range of improvements such as widening footways, enhancing pedestrian crossings, reducing speed limits, upgrading the bus stop, and introducing more greenery and public seating. Throughout the duration of the work, parking for blue badge holders will continue to be available in both Queen Street and nearby Victoria Place.

How Queen Street in Newton Abbot could look
How Queen Street in Newton Abbot could look -Credit:Devon County Council

Businesses will operate as usual and once the work commences, information boards and drop-in sessions will keep traders, shoppers, and residents updated on the plans, their progress, and any potential impact on shoppers or road users.

However, the scheme will see the majority of on-street parking in Queen Street removed. Access to the section of Queen Street beyond the junction with Albany Street will be restricted to buses, pedestrians, cycles and loading.

Devon County Council said during the construction phases, the current level of parking availability will be maintained as far as possible however during each phase, some parking bays might be occupied for construction and safety reasons.

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