Calls to reduce estate's speed limit
PUBLISHED: 14:00 05 November 2010
WORRIED residents on a Weston estate are urging highway chiefs to reduce the speed limit before someone is seriously hurt or killed.
Dozens of signatures were collected by members of Coronation Residents’ Association (CORA) in only an hour last week, and they will soon be taking their fight to Weston’s Town Hall.
The determined campaigners, who want the estate’s speed limit to be reduced from 30 to 20mph, enlisted the help of the Junior Community Wardens at a speed watch event last week.
As well as asking people to sign their petition, the wardens explained to passers-by why it was important to reduce the limit in the estate.
Around 50 signatures were collected, and the petition is now available for people to sign in Windwhistle Post Office.
Simon Kerrigan, CORA chairman, said the group in the past has asked for speed humps to be laid in the estate, but at a price of £35,000 North Somerset council (NSC) said this was too costly.
He told the Mercury: “We went out with a speed gun last week and although it showed most people were sticking to 30mph we feel this is too fast for the area.
“There are four or five schools in a two-mile radius and lots of children have to cross Loxton Road as well as elderly people.
“We want children to be able to cross the road without the fear of being knocked over.”
He added that people should be driving at a slower speed as many of the roads are partially blocked with parked cars, and the width of the thoroughfare is effectively halved.
CORA has spoken to Councillor Ian Parker about its campaign, and he has been told by NSC that speed tables would cost around £55,000 to install.
Another option is simply putting up 20mph signs at the two roads leading into the estate, which CORA is hopeful of securing.
Cllr Parker said he will hand in the petition to the council once the group has collected enough signatures.
Oldmixon Residents’ Association has also asked Cllr Parker to look into reducing its speed limit, in line with the Bournville’s 20mph zone.
Anyone interested in joining CORA is welcome to call Mary Morgan on 01934 426998.