Fears raised over new 20mph speed limit for village
PUBLISHED: 07:02 18 November 2017
Plans for a 20mph limit to deter 'irresponsible' drivers who like to 'sling-shot' out of Portbury at high speed have been labelled insufficient.
Mike Phipps, chairman of Portbury Parish Council, is asking North Somerset to relook at its road safety scheme to appease concerned villagers who believe the proposed measures do not go far enough.
Parish councillors have asked for more than a decade for their village’s 30mph limit to be lowered and North Somerset has agreed. But its plan for a short 20mph limit along the High Street from the school, to Station Road and Priory Road, do not go far enough, according to Cllr Phipps.
He said: “What is proposed is a start but the residents were livid because the limit which has been proposed is for the centre of the village.”
Many believe the worst area for speeding to be Caswell Lane – a country route which takes people to and from Clapton-in-Gordano.
As a result, Cllr Phipps wants to see 20mph enforced to the village boundary on that road too, with it being one of the most well-used routes, along with Mill Lane.
He said both roads are ‘plagued with people speeding’ and see motorists ‘sling shot’ in and out of Portbury
North Somerset Council’s effort is seen as a welcome start, but he feels it does not go far enough.
Cllr Phipps said: “Not everybody around the village has been in favour of a 20mph limit.
“Some people say you can’t drive at 20mph and it would be more achievable to get people to drive at 30mph.
“However, the message I’d like to get across is motorists have brought this upon themselves.”
He said ‘irresponsible’ drivers had been clocked doing 50mph in the village in the past and it was time it was put to a stop.
Villagers have told the parish council they will hand North Somerset a petition unless the planned scheme is altered.
A North Somerset Council spokesman said: “We have followed Department for Transport guidelines when setting the area for the 20mph zone.
“We feel the area identified will produce the greatest reduction in driver speeds.
“The traffic order for the 20mph zone is currently being advertised and any comments made will be considered.
“We hope to introduce the zone early next year.”