Village speed battle hots up
PUBLISHED: 17:30 17 December 2010
SAFETY campaigners in Banwell are optimistic of winning their battle to keep road speed down through their community.
The parish council says it was buoyed by support after meeting North Somerset Council executive members to argue against a plan to draw in speed limits to the village centre.
The councillors returned from the discussions claiming to have attracted sympathy for their cause and hope in the face of money spending cut-backs.
At a monthly parish council meeting on Monday, chairman Liz Shayler said: “Our concerns over fears the speed limit changes would be a risk to safety got a lot of sympathy. Councillors also told us that unless there were strong road safety ground for moving the speed limits on approaches to the village, the current system would be preserved.
“There was also the issue of cost of carrying out the work, and that may work in our favour.”
The council is strongly opposed to North Somerset Council’s plan to bring in the 30mph speed limit on all sides of the village. The proposal is part of a regional review of A roads, which is still in a consultation period. No decision is expected to be made until next year.