Extend the 30mph limit call

RESIDENTS are pressing for a 30mph limit on a busy road through Backwell to be extended in a bid to crackdown on speeding traffic

RESIDENTS are pressing for a 30mph limit on a busy road through Backwell to be extended in a bid to crackdown on speeding traffic.People living in the Farleigh End of the village say each time they try and cross the busy A370 - a main commuter route into Bristol - they take their lives in their hands.Now residents have put together a report and handed it to Backwell Parish Council calling for the current 30mph limit, which ends by the village swimming pool, to be extended to include the Farleigh end of the village. Parish councillors have now agreed to write to North Somerset highway chiefs asking for the current 30mph limit to be extended.Resident Sue Merriman put the report to the council and says she thinks a 30mph would make a real difference to residents in the area.Mrs Merriman said: "This is a built up area so really there should be a 30mph limit."If the speed of the traffic was reduced, it would be easier for people to cross the road."Currently people have to take their lives in their hands if they want to cross."It may also mean that in the future, with a 30mph limit in force, that a crossing could be possible."Initially it was hoped to install a pedestrian crossing in Farleigh, but the idea was vetoed by councillors because it did not fit the necessary criteria.Backwell Parish Council chairman Colin Pope said the council was now taking the 30mph limit plan forward.Councillor Pope said: "The council decided that a crossing would not be suitable in that location."However, we do recognise that we need to try and slow down traffic in this part of the village."We are asking highways to look at extending the current 30mph limit through Backwell right along Bristol Road and onto Flax Bourton.


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