An excellent letter in the latest edition of the Sidmouth Herald (14 June) which on page 10 highlights the need for urgent action to be taken to create a cycle track/footpath between Sidbury & Sidford. Follow the link to the letter from Campaign Steering Group member Andy Webb (he of vintage bikes fame!) - http://sites.google.com/site/thepubinthevillage/14.6.13SidmouthHeraldLetter.pdf.
Andy argues that not only is the A373 from Sidbury to Sidford dangerous for perestrians and cyclists, and therefore much needed for safety reasons, but he also makes the case that a cycle track/footpath would benefit the trade at the Red Lion in Sidbury. It would allow cyclists and walkers to come into the village & its environs more readily.
Correctly, Andy's letter also makes the point about the problems of parking in the village. Elsewhere in the Herald on page 9 in an article "Sidbury speedsters subject for concern" the paper reports about local concerns about the high speed that many drivers go through the village at. This article's link is -http://sites.google.com/site/thepubinthevillage/14.6.13SidmouthHeraldSpeedstersArticle.pdf
So, not only would a cycle track/footpath between Sidbury & Sidford make sense from a safety point of view, it would also make economic sense to the Red Lion & Drew's the butchers in the village. As Andy Webb says in his letter "..there seems to be a lot of promises but no action". More power to Andy's elbow!
Save The Red Lion Campaign Patrons
- Sidbury Community Enterprises' community share offer launched to buy the Red Lion
- Save The Red Lion Campaign Patrons - Rt Hon Hugo Swire MP & The Reverend Susie Williams
- Campaign's company - Sidbury Community Enterprises - has made an offer to buy the Red Lion
- East Devon District Council has listed the Red Lion pub as an Asset of Community Value - a significant Campaign milestone