Parish councillors look at 20mph speed limit for residential areas
But a final decision on the motion in Dunchurch was delayed until next month's meeting
DUNCHURCH parish council agreed at the most recent meeting (Monday 14th March 2022) to work on a proposal for a 20-mph speed limit in the village.
They said they wanted to create a ‘safer environment for people on foot, horseback and bicycle and give them precedence over vehicle traffic.’
And although the matter was almost resolved officially, the final motion was deferred until next month to give councillors time to look at which roads the 20mph speed limit would apply to.
At the meeting council chair Cllr Tracey Price said a 20 mph limit required no enforcement measures such as speed humps and was more useful where current speeds are generally lower; but a 20 mph zone did have enforcement measures.
She said that the council had received complaints about speeding in the Dunchurch and that there was ‘clearly support in the village for speed reduction.’
Rugby town centre has adopted a 20mph limit, and 28 million people live in areas where their local authority has accepted 20mph as the norm in residential areas.
Cllr Roberts (Conservative, Dunsmore Ward) wrote in his most recent report: “The discussions regarding the county wide initiative on 20mph zones is ongoing. There are pro’s and cons to implementation of such zones. Discussions at RBC level regarding such zones around schools have concluded that without enforcement such zones are ineffective.
“Statistics show that 98% of drivers nationwide ignore the limit. Furthermore, where zones are effective slowing traffic increases pollution, causes congestion and can cause delays to emergency services. Careful consideration should be given to the practicality of routes selected for such speed reduction zones.”
The council and members of the public at the meeting heard how the necessary traffic regulation order would cost approximately £5,000.
Updated 28/03/2022: To include quote from Cllr Roberts’ report