Illegal traffic on Balls Farm Road and Little Johns Cross Hill

Last week Ide Parish Councillors met with Devon County Councillors, Police and Highways to discuss the problem of traffic using Balls Farm Road and Little Johns Cross Hill illegally.
This has been a problem for Ide residents for a long time, and we are working with these groups to try and find a long term solution.
The Police have released this post on the subject.

Ide Neighbourhood Plan, Pre-submission Consultation Stage. 9am, 8th September to 4pm, 23rd October 2017

Ide Parish Council is currently preparing a Neighbourhood Plan,
led by the local community to:-

  • Enable and control the design of the Pynes Farm development.
  • Support well designed infill proposals.
  • Address the parking problems within the village.
  • Protect existing provision and expand sports and recreational facilities.
  • Protect local green spaces of significance and community value.
  • Preserve and enhance the C50 approaches to the village entrance.

Once complete the Neighbourhood Plan will form a material consideration in the
determination of planning applications within Ide Parish and will sit alongside the
Teignbridge Local Plan.

As part of the preparation of a Neighbourhood Plan a formal six week public consultation
must be undertaken with the local community and those with an interest in the area to
meet Regulation 14 of the Neighbourhood Planning Regulations 2012 and the Localism
Act 2011.

As such, Ide Parish Council is seeking your views and comments on the
Pre-Submission version of the Ide Neighbourhood Plan, which can be viewed online at or hard copies can be viewed at the following locations:

  • Ide Community Shop.
  • Poachers Inn.
  • The Huntsman Inn.
  • Twisted Oak Inn.
  • St Ida’s Church.
  • Ide Congregational Church.
  • Ide School.

Comments on the plan can be returned using the on-line representation form
or using the printed representation form to Ide Community Shop, Fore Street, Ide, EX4 9RQ
or via email to
to arrive by the deadline, 4pm, 23rd October 2017.

Anonymous responses will not be accepted. The name and address of each respondent
will be publicly available. All comments will be considered, responded to and published as
an appendix in the Neighbourhood Plan.

Yours Sincerely,
Chris Bishop (Chairman, Ide Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group).

Curly Wurly bridge open for the weekend

An Update from Kier…

I am pleased to be able to tell you that we have completed the resurfacing of the footbridge ahead of schedule.  We will therefore be able to open the footbridge over the bank holiday weekend.  The bridge will be open from 5pm Friday 26 May and will close again on Tuesday 30 May to allow to complete the works.  A notice will be displayed at either end of the footbridge advising people of this.

The shuttle bus service will resume from 7am Tuesday 30 May, until 11pm Friday 2 June when, the bridge will be re-opened.


More road closures

There will be an additional road closure next week, at the end of Doctor’s Walk between the corner by the twisted oak pub and the twisted oak tree itself.

This is for pipework replacement.

Details on  Zoom into the twisted oak and put Monday’s date in the box at the top right.

For more information you can call south west water on 0344 3462020.

I am advised that pedestrians and cyclists should still be able to pass, so it shouldn’t affect users of the bridge replacement bus service, but I am awaiting definite confirmation on that.

We will post further information when it comes available.



There will be a scheduled run at 8am

This is confirmation that the shuttle bus company have agreed to do a scheduled run leaving Ide at 8am to the twisted oak for the benefit of those travelling to school or work who need a definite time.

Unfortunately, it has not been possible to arrange warning signs for the Crabbe lane/C50 junction. Please take care when crossing if you use this route.

We hope this helps.

Andy Swain, and Ide PC.

More on the bridge

Attached is a revised letter with the new shuttlebus information. It will not be travelling by the Alphington route.

The Phone number for the bus is +44 7455 600073. We are still waiting for confirmation of a scheduled 8am departure from Ide.

Shuttle bus information – revised

Latest updates on the bridge closure

We are discussing the route and timings of the shuttle service with the contractors, hoping to improve the arrangements.

We are suggesting a scheduled school run will leave Ide at 8am promptly and will drop at West Exe school as well as the twisted oak.

We are also asking for temporary “caution pedestrians” signage on the C50 to reduce speeds and protect those crossing the road to use the Crabbe lane route.

The school run looks likely but final confirmation to follow.

Please feel free to enter your email in the box on the right and you will be informed immediately of updates, or use the contact details on this site to contact us.


Andy Swain


Bridge closure – further information

The shuttlebus will operate on an “on demand” basis and when not in use will park in The Twisted Oak

public house car park, as there is no safe place to park on the opposing side of the footbridge.

Pedestrians on the Ide side of the bridge wishing to use the bus will need to phone +44 7455 600

073 in order to summon it.  This number will be displayed at either end of the footbridge. This service will

be able to accommodate wheelchairs and cyclists, unfortunately dogs will not be permitted to travel on


Please bear in mind the bus will have to follow a route through Alphington Interchange which can be busy

at times. 

If you would like any further information or need to contact us, please call our Network Control Centre on

01392 312630. This telephone line is manned 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.