Argument over Pill road safety

PUBLISHED: 08:00 30 March 2015




A ROW has erupted between two North Somerset councillors over the future of road safety in Pill.

Donald Davies, Pill ward councillor, feels the village is in urgent need of a 20mph speed limit to improve safety particularly near schools. But, Elfan Ap Rees, the council’s executive member for highways, does not agree that is the way forward.

Cllr Ap Rees said: “We do not believe that 20mph limits are always the answer.

“There are greater priorities such as illegal parent parking outside schools which causes congestion.

“We need to be looking at those kinds of issues before we look at the possibility of 20mph as a last resort.

“If we were to eventually look at 20mph, we also need to look at traffic calming measures which are very expensive.

“There is also a responsibility on parents and schools to ensure children are kept safe.

“Schools need to take responsibility for what happens outside their gates and teach road safety to ensure these accidents don’t occur.”

However, Cllr Davies feels speed limits are needed in the village and says a petition calling for them to be introduced has received more than 500 signatures, with some people even saying they are willing to contribute towards the cost of implementing the limits.

Cllr Davies said: “The biggest concern parents have is about road traffic.

“Most of our residential areas are a no-go because people drive too fast.

“Speed limits would enable everyone to share the road and it would encourage more people to walk and cycle as people would feel much safer and more comfortable.

“All minor roads in Pill need to be 20mph as well as by the shopping precinct due to the amount of activity going on there although it may just be easier to put a 20mph limit on all of them.”

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