Councillor calls meeting to hear speeding concerns

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Residents concerned about speed limits on the county’s roads have the chance to give their views and suggest changes.

Traffic speeds on A roads, in villages, shopping areas and close to schools will be discussed at a specially convened public meeting in Bourne later this month.

Lincolnshire county councillor Helen Powell (Lincs Ind), who has organised the meeting, said the aim was to find out where the problem areas were, the reasons why and to get ideas from people for solutions.

Coun Powell said: “Our roads are under increasing pressure because of new houses being built. The Government wants the county to build 46,000 more houses by 2026 which will compound the volume of traffic on our roads so the current limits need to be looked at.

“The speed limit review will aim to get a uniform picture of the issues affecting our villages and towns.”

The information gathered at the meeting will be fed into a county-wide review.

The council has set up a task group which will consider issues including urban, rural and village speed limits, 20mph speed limits, school safety zones and traffic-calming measures.

The group will then make recommendations for a policy for the criteria around which speed limits are set.

A spokesman for the council said the review was a response to the many campaigns across the county from groups fighting to reduce speed limits.

Coun Powell said: “Speed is a worry for many people.”

She said examples of problems in the Bourne area included the 60mph limit in various stretches of the A15, including near the BP garage at Kates Bridge near Thurlby and at Baston.

Coun Powell said: “A 50mph limit would be brilliant – it would give people enough time to pull out of the garage on the road or turn into the garden centre at King Street (Baston), which a lot of elderly residents visit.”

She stressed the meeting was an “information seeking exercise” to get a clear understanding of residents’ thoughts, experiences and ideas.

She said the review would look at conditions of road surface, bends, visibility, density of traffic, amount of housing, number of businesses by the roadside, widths of road, road markings, appropriate or not, dangerous turnings, forks in road, usual driving speeds for safety, schools, playing fields, shops, bus stops, pubs, farms and farm vehicles, junctions and so on.

The councillor wants residents who have information to print it on to a sheet of A4 and take it to the meeting, keeping a copy so that the councillors involved can take the printed information away with them for consideration.

Coun Powell said: “The aim is to make the county safer for everyone – road users, shoppers and residents.”

The public meeting will be held at the Bourne Corn Exchange on Tuesday, November 26 at 7pm.