Speed limits to be cut on danger roads

PUBLISHED: 09:00 13 May 2011

More than 100 drivers were caught by Speedwatch volunteers in Clevedon

More than 100 drivers were caught by Speedwatch volunteers in Clevedon

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TWO busy stretches of road – one outside a primary school, the other where a boy was knocked down - are to have their speed limits reduced as part of a district-wide review.

North Somerset Council’s officers have decided to reduce the speed limit along the A368 between Churchill and Sandford from 60mph to 40mph.

The 91m-long stretch of road has witnessed eight accidents since 2005 and has been subject to a community campaign after a 12-year-old boy was knocked down in 2009.

The council has also decided to reduce the speed limit on the A370 outside St Anne’s Primary School in Hewish from 50mph to 40mph.

This was also in response to a campaign, led by staff at the 158-pupil school and the parish council.

However, along with the successful campaigns, there has also been disappointment for some communities which have not got what they wished for.

In Banwell, councillors called for a 20mph limit along the A371 outside 
Banwell Primary School, but council officers said all other speed change proposals along the A370, A371, A38 and A368 are to be deferred because of a lack of funding.

The changes are part of a five-year review by the unitary authority of speed limits on A and B roads in North Somerset.

Ideas, put together in consultation with parish councils and police, attracted a total of 171 objections.

In a report, council officer Ian Wilson said: “It is clear the issue of speed in our local community is of great concern.

“The many objections received indicate a wide range of views.

“However, recent reduction of grants makes it difficult for the council to undertake and implement all the outcomes of the speed review.

“It is therefore unlikely that extensive speed limit changes can be funded in the near future.

“But it is clear from the review process and supported by the public that a number of key locations should be progressed as a matter of priority.”

The change in speed limits will cost the council about £2,000.

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