Bisbrooke is first in county to be a 20mph zone

Parish meeting chairman Gene Dunbar, left, and vice-chairman Mark Wood in Bisbrooke where the new speed limit signs have been put up
Parish meeting chairman Gene Dunbar, left, and vice-chairman Mark Wood in Bisbrooke where the new speed limit signs have been put up

A village in Rutland is celebrating after it became the first in the county to
be turned into a 20mph zone.

Bisbrooke is a very small village with narrow, single-vehicle space roads. About 150 people live there.

Motorists using the three roads through the village often encounter horses and flocks of sheep, as well as dog walkers.

Mark Wood is vice chairman of the village’s parish meeting, which has statutory powers similar to a parish council, said getting the zone was “excellent news”.

He said: “Over the years there have been concerns about horses being spooked and dogs being frightened, so several years ago the meeting approached Rutland County Council asking for the speed limit to be reduced.”

Chairman Gene Dunbar said three years ago an accident involving a horse and rider added urgency to the campaign.

“The woman broke her legs and we have had many near misses over the years which has heightened concern,” Mr Dunbar said.

“We have been lobbying the county council for some years after it was raised at the 
parish meeting several 
times.”

At the end of last year Rutland County Council agreed to the new speed limit in principle and carried out average speed checks.

In April, the council agreed Bisbrooke had a case and this month the 20mph signs were installed.

Other villages and towns have 20mph zones near to schools but Bisbrooke, which previously had a 30mph zone, is the only one in the county to have the entire village under the zone.