Mayor calls for 20mph speed limit to be introduced in town centre

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Bourne mayor Helen Powell is appealing for speed limits in the town to be lowered to ensure the safety of pedestrians and drivers.

Back in 2007 Coun Powell put forward a proposal to Bourne Town Council for a 20mph speed limit to be put in place in Bourne around homes, shops and schools. However, nothing was done.

But a recent national campaign called Go 20 run by the road safety charity Brake has rekindled the mayor’s desire to improve the situation in Bourne.

Coun Powell said: “It is totally insane that lorries can barge through the centre of the town with their wing mirrors practically touching people on the pavements.”

The mayor said she has been hit by a lorry wing mirror in the past walking along the town centre pavements.

Coun Powell said: “I think the situation is so bad now that it is putting people off going into the town centre.

“The fact is that approaching the crossing from West Street, going into the town centre, at 30mph it is impossible to stop if someone steps out onto the crossing as they cannot be seen if cars are parked next to the crossing.

“At 20mph you would be able to stop in time.”

The mayor said she will approach the county council about reducing the speed limit.