Campaigners claim attempts to reduce speed limit in village thwarted by North Somerset Council

PUBLISHED: 07:00 19 March 2019 | UPDATED: 07:18 19 March 2019

Pill    Credit:Joao Maia

Pill Credit:Joao Maia

Joao Maia

Attempts to reduce speed limits in a village to 20 miles per hour have been ‘constantly thwarted’ by North Somerset Council.

That is the view of Cllr Don Davies who says that although the parish has approached North Somerset about the possibility of reducing the speed limit through Pill in order to ‘save lives’, the latter has been ‘uncooperative’ and were ‘in the thrall of speeding motorists.’

Cllr Davies believes the proposed scheme is in line with Government guidelines regarding speed reduction measures.

However, North Somerset’s highways team has responded that merely reducing the speed limit through the village would be ‘unenforceable’ without having traffic-calming measures installed which it cannot afford with its ‘limited budget. It also says there have been a small number of accidents in the village.

Cllr Davies said: “Its reason for refusing our request is there’s no way to enforce it, but the police don’t enforce the current speed limit anyway.

“The majority of drivers keep to the speed limit and those that want to speed will do so anyway.

“North Somerset Council seems completely in the thrall of speeding motorists.

“It has taken away all the speed cameras and even increased the speed limit on one road because those sticking to it were being overtaken.”

Pill and Easton-in-Gordano parish council clerk, Julie Smart added: “The parish council fully supports the 20mph speed limit, and is prepared to fund it.

“Unfortunately, it has been constantly thwarted by North Somerset’s highways department.”

A North Somerset Council spokesman said; “We have a limited budget that we prioritise to sites where police data shows that road users are being injured in repeated and preventable accidents.

“Our road safety programme is determined by an annual assessment of that data, and is designed to achieve the greatest possible reduction in casualties with the available budget.

“The road safety record in Pill is good, and therefore it’s impossible for officers to recommend road safety funding is spent on measures there in preference to other locations.

“The consequence would be road users continuing to be hurt in preventable accidents.”

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