Last Monday a car went off the A379 near Gabwell Hill to the north of Maidencombe. It went down an embankment and lodged in the roof of a bungalow. The road was blocked for a time as specialist lifting equipment was brought in to remove it. Fortunately, there was no one in residence at the time. The driver was not injured.
This follows on from another traffic incident near Brunel Manor. A section of wall was demolished about a month ago on the west side of the A379 on the bend outside Little Acre.
The stretch of the A379 running through Maidencombe has now acquired an unenviable 'black spot' status and the council have been warned that it is only a matter of time before there is a fatality unless action is taken.
The 30 mph repeater sign at Maidencombe Cross now has little effect on traffic speed. Highways have stated that it is not possible to put up permanent speed restriction signage or 30 mph roundels due to central government policy.