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Mud on the road resulting from working farm vehicles can be an issue from time to time.
Farmers and vehicle operators who deposit mud on the road are potentially liable for a range of offences.
Here is some advice on what you should do:

  • Be prepared to hire in equipment - check availability in advance.
  • Keep to your own farm roads and minor roads whenever possible
  • Keep to low speeds - especially when travelling short distance - to help retain mud on the vehicle.
  • Be prepared to keep a written record of your decisions on whether or not to deploy signs and / or to clean the road. Here is some advice on what you must do:
  • Do everything possible to prevent mud being deposited on the road. This includes cleaning mud from vehicles, as far as practicable, before they are taken onto the road. The fact that cleaning mud off tractors and attachments is commercially inconvenient may not be a defence in law.
  • Only use signs that are authorised. The recommended sign shows the 'Slippery Road' triangle with 'Mud on Road' sub plate. If appropriate, the 'Men at Work' sign should be used. Signs must be at least 750mm.
  • Make sure signs are positioned to give maximum visibility and warning to other road users.
  • Clean the road as necessary during the working day and always at the end of the working day.
  • Ensure that labour and equipment is available and is suitable for the soil and weather conditions present.
  • Where a contractor is used, ensure that prior agreement is reached on who is responsible for mud on road issues (signage, cleaning etc) and ensure that adequate public liability insurance is in place.

Civil action can occur where the presence of mud results in personal injury, damage to property, loss or inconvenience. The presence of mud can constitute a public nuisance and loss or injury can result in a claim for negligence.
Employers have a duty to look after the health and safety, not only of themselves, their family and employees, but of anyone who may be affected by their working operations. Employees also have responsibilities to themselves and others.

The Council as highway authority has a duty to assert and protect the rights of road users.The highways authority has the power to clean the road and recover its expenses from the person causing the problem.

Some people may be confused about when they can light a bonfire and what can be burnt.

The National Society for Clean Air offers us some invaluable information on this. More details...


About 25 of us went on 9th March to the presentation on the new Flood Warning system, kindly hosted by Steve & Chris at the Devil's Stone Inn. The Project was the idea of Cllr Hackett, Coham Bridge Ward, who wanted a comprehensive system covering the Dipper, Black Torrington and Sheepwash bridges. In the end only Shebbear PC picked up the baton, supported by Bradford & Cookbury parish. Rich Clarke (Shebbear PC Chair) opened the presentation and introduced Karen Clack (B.Sc, M.Sc) from Hydro-Logic, who installed the system, who made the presentation.

As you all probably know there is a water-level sensor up-river of the bridge and three warning signs (by Highworthy X Shebbear-side, third-way up Fore Street Bradford-side and at Libbear X). The original plan was for a sign further up at Bradford, but the landowner withdrew permission. The Libbear X site covers a rat-run used by people who find Black Torrington flooded, which floods early and is a long-reverse. The system is powered by battery/solar and communicates through mobile texts, roaming to the best network at each spot!

Normally, the sensor sends daily (6ish am) messages to the control system giving the water level. Should the water level rise to a defined level, an alert message is sent to the system ; further status messages are then sent every 15 minutes until the level falls below the alert level. Once the system goes into alert state (my words) things happen! Emails or texts can be sent to predefined addresses and the signs can be triggered on (and eventually off). Different water levels can be set for each type of 'event'.
Once the signs are triggered on, the displays light when a car or pedestrian is close; this approach avoids battery drain were the signs permanently on. Similarly the alert messages are sent every 15 mins, rather than more frequently, to save battery.

So, who pays? Well the overall installation was funded by Devon County Council out of some special pot (no, not the 'potholes 'pot - I think it was originally something in South Devon!). The yearly maintenance costs will be paid by Shebbear. The justification, apart from the convenience of those of us affected by Dipper, is to reduce costs and personal impact when someone gets stranded on the bridge (think Fire Engines and Rescue Helicopters).

Control and Information
So, the main form of information is the signs. Additionally, there are the texts/emails, which can be sent at levels before the signs trigger, as a form of 'early warning'. There is also a publicly available website which shows the latest river level and recent history; we do need user names - being sorted. Then there is a control website which sets all these alter/display levels and other stuff, which is available to a few nominated local coordinators - again, being sorted. Yes, it's true - this isn't managed by some faceless person 'away', it's managed by us, we decide the river levels at which these things happen ! Beyond this system of signs, message and websites, they also want to look into making this information available on Facebook etc.

It's a lot of money, which some will say should have been should have been spent on other things (in South Devon?). My personal view is that we need to get the system settled in and the trigger levels carefully tweaked before we can judge its value. To do that, the local coordinators are going to need information from us and they will organise processes to do that; I fancied Rich on the bridge permanently, with a camera, recording levels, but that strangely didn't appeal!
I can see it will be tricky setting the levels - we can take the cautious approach, trigger early and risk accusations of 'crying wolf'. Or we can take the optimistic approach, trigger late and risk getting people stuck. I favour the cautious approach myself. If I am in Holsworthy and I read that the signs have triggered, I will decide to go home via Stibb. However, if they have not triggered and I go home over the bridge and then find a flood, I could well decide to risk it, rather than fight my way back to Stibb!!! Rather the occasional unnecessary diversion, than a destroyed vehicle, or worse!

So, we are at the start of a journey, let's give it our support while it beds in!

Ron Lester



Alscott Farm, Shebbear Thursdays and Sundays at 7pm.

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Last updated: 21st May 2016
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