Lee Mill slip improvement plans

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Bid goes to Leveling Up Fund to upgrade an A38 junction at Lee Mill

£15m bid for A30 junction

Hopes of new government funds to reduce traffic in the village of Lee Mill have been boosted after councilors agreed to work with Devon County Council on a multi-million pound bid.

The South Hams District Council Executive Committee met on Thursday 7 July to approve an application to the Leveling Fund (Tranche 2) for capital funding of the A38 Corridor.

Plans call for a new off-ramp from the eastbound A38 which would bring traffic to a new roundabout and connect to existing local roads.

Cllr Hilary Bastone (Cons, Dartmouth and East Dart) offered that councilors work with the county to help secure money from the Leveling Fund (LUF) and outlined details of a council report on the matter.

He said: ‘The report also outlines the collaborative approach we have taken to support Devon County Council‘s bid with funding through the Leveling Up Fund (2), which is a £15 capital bid. million to improve the eastbound off-slip of the A38 so that traffic no longer passes through the village of Lee Mill.

“While Devon County Council would implement the scheme, if it is successful our council will be the sponsoring organisation.

“We’ve taken this approach and worked with Devon to allow them to submit more than one bid across the county.”

The central government’s LUF initiative is part of the 2020 spending review to help communities regenerate town centres, enable investment in cultural facilities or upgrade local transport infrastructure.

The Lee Mill development will also include a new bus interchange with a drop-off area and bicycle parking facilities.

South Hams hopes its multi-modal approach to combining bus and rail travel, cycling and car use, while focusing on active and inclusive travel, will see the app welcomed.

South Hams executive members also discussed a separate cash offer from the UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF) offer.

SHDC can bid for a total of £1,062,367 from the fund and has agreed to allow the venue and company manager to submit a bid.

Among the suggestions for how the money can be used, many councilors thought that sustainability-focused projects would be appropriate.

But Woolwell’s Conservative councilor Nicky Hopwood asked for assurances that all parts of the district would be taken into account.

She said: ‘When you speak to Sustainable South Hams or any organization you speak to regarding [about] all about carbon and green etc, remind them that the South Hams stretch very far and down to Woolwell and Roborough and don’t end at Ivybridge.

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