Dispute over which parts of village should have speed limit reduced to 20mph
PUBLISHED: 13:00 03 June 2018
A petition has been launched to encourage North Somerset Council to lower a village's speed limit to just 20mph.
Talks are ongoing between Wrington Parish Council and North Somerset to cut motorists’ speeds with which they travel through the village.
A 30mph limit is in place at the moment, but many villagers feel this is unsafe with pavements either narrow or non-existent in parts.
While the councils have agreed a 20mph limit in principle, there are disagreements over where it should be.
Consequently, the parish council has begun a petition asking for more parts of Wrington to have a lower speed limit.
The authority feels forcing drivers to keep to 20mph would make people feel safer and encourage villagers to walk more often than they drive.
A parish council spokesman said: “We have proposed a 20mph limit to cover the roads through Wrington village in order to increase safety for residents.
“North Somerset Council agreed in principle, but only to a limited area.
“Unfortunately, so far North Somerset has only agreed to a more restricted area.
“Wrington Parish Council’s much preferred scheme includes roads without pavements where pedestrians feel at risk when vehicles that pass them are travelling at up to 30mph.
“More of our residents would be encouraged to walk if speeds were generally lower and we feel it is vitally important that the extended area is included in the scheme.”
North Somerset Council is happy for parts of School Road, Broad Street, Silver Street, Ladywell and High Street to be limited to 20mph.
However, it wants those zones restricted to the village centre, whereas the parish council would like all the proposed areas to be longer.
The parish council spokesman added: “Please support us by completing our petition form and returning it to Amors, Buglers, The Treasury Store, Mother Hen coffee shop, chemist, dentist or the parish council office.”
To download a petition form, log on to www.wrington parishcouncil.gov.uk