Twenty mile per hour speed limit decision approaching for North Somerset village
PUBLISHED: 08:00 01 August 2018 | UPDATED: 09:38 06 August 2018
Plans for a potential 20mph limit in Wrington may be supported by its village parish council next month.
A petition signed by 517 people in the village and its surrounding areas is calling for Wrington’s current 30mph limit to be cut by 10mph.
People had until July 20 to voice their opinion and Wrington Parish Council’s petition outlines roads where a new speed limit could be put in place.
North Somerset Council has already expressed interest of lowering the limit in the centre of Wrington, but many villagers do not feel safe walking on narrow and non-existent pavements in places also leading into the village.
Parish councillor for Wrington, Deborah Yamanaka, said: “Five hundred people who signed this petition live in the village, and the other 17 live outside of the immediate area including in Redhill and Winscombe.
“A lot of villagers feel unsafe walking on the roads without pavements, and while most people drive responsibly through Wrington, sadly there are some who don’t.”
Cllr Yamanaka is a member of Wrington’s speed watch team and has recently clocked motorists driving at 40-50mph in West Hay Road in the village.
She said: “The roads leading into Wrington don’t have much if any pavements at all, so it seems nonsensical to only cover the areas in the village, such as Broad Street, which do have wider pavements.
“North Somerset agrees with putting into place a 20mph limit in the central areas of Wrington, including in School Road, Broad Street, Silver Street, Ladywell and High Street.
“We need to protect the child cyclists who travel to school and also our villages’ elderly people who walk to the shops here.
“A 20mph limit should be imposed in a wider area of the village.”
North Somerset will now decide if the plans are to go ahead.
If the petition plans are to be approved, the parish council would then look to Bristol’s Airport Environmental Improvement Fund to help support the plans.
If North Somerset does not support the scheme, Wrington’s council will discuss the matter in September.
For more on the petition, visit www.wringtonparishcouncil.gov.uk