Decision on North Somerset village's 20mph speed limit imminent

PUBLISHED: 08:00 03 August 2018 | UPDATED: 09:36 06 August 2018

Councillor Deborah Yamanaka checking for speeding motorists in the village of Wrington. 	Picture: Deborah Yamanaka

Councillor Deborah Yamanaka checking for speeding motorists in the village of Wrington. Picture: Deborah Yamanaka

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Wrington may see a future 20mph limit in its village.

This comes after 517 people of the village and its surrounding areas signed a petition in favour of Wrington’s 30mph limit being reduced to 20mph.

People responded by July 20 to Wrington Parish Council’s petition which outlines roads where a new speed limit could come into force in the village.

North Somerset Council has already expressed interest in lowering the limit in the centre of Wrington, but many villagers do not feel safe walking on pavements which are either too narrow or in some cases non-existent.

Parish councillor for Wrington, Deborah Yamanaka, said: “Five hundred people who signed this petition live in the village, and the other 17 live outside of the immediate area including in Redhill and Winscombe.

“A lot of villagers feel unsafe walking on the roads without pavements, and while most people drive responsibly through Wrington, sadly there are some who don’t.”

Cllr Yamanaka is a member of Wrington’s speedwatch team and has recently clocked motorists driving at 40-50mph in West Hay Road in the village.

She said: “The roads leading into Wrington don’t have much if any pavements at all, so it seems nonsensical to only cover the areas in the village which do have wider pavements.”

North Somerset agrees with putting into place a 20mph limit in the central areas of Wrington, including in School Road, Silver Street, Ladywell and High Street.

Cllr Yamanaka said: “We need to protect the child cyclists who travel to school and also our villages’ elderly people who walk to the shops here.

“A 20mph limit should be imposed in a wider area of the village.”

North Somerset will now decide if the plans are to go ahead.

If the petition plans are to be approved, the parish council would then look to Bristol’s Airport Environmental Improvement Fund to help support the plans.

If North Somerset does not support the scheme, Wrington’s council will discuss the matter in September.

For more on the petition, visit www.wringtonparishcouncil.gov.uk

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