Councillors voted to to create nine new 20mph zones across Southport, at the Area Committee at Southport Town Hall, Wednesday 24 September.
The areas getting the new limits are:
Ainsdale Village; Fleetwood Road area; Avondale Road area; Heathfield Road in Ainsdale area; Kew Estate; Westcliffe Road; area Southbank Road area; Sefton Street area; and the roads around Shoreside School in Ainsdale.
Nine new 20mph zones set for Southport
Plans to introduce nine 20mph zones in Southport will be decided on at a Committee Meeting on Wednesday 23rd September.
If all nine zones are approved, they would cost around £114,000 to be installed in total
This is an attempt to slow traffic and improve road safety, the following roads (and surrounding areas) could soon have lower speed limits imposed on them:
Sefton Street, Ainsdale Village, Fleetwood Road, Kew Estate, Avondale Road, Heathfield Road in Ainsdale; Westcliffe Road, Southbank Road, Sefton Street and the area surrounding Shoreside School in Ainsdale.
A report to the committee says the scheme has “attracted many positive comments from residents in support of the lower speed limit”, and that “ Merseyside Police will take a responsible and proportionate approach to enforcement of 20mph limits based on their assessment of risk to individuals, property and the seriousness of any breach”.
Ainsdale Conservative councillor, Terry Jones, who is leader of Sefton Conservative Group, says the plans are ‘ludicrious’. He said:
“Putting in 20mph zones are a waste of tax payers’ money.
“Other councils are proof that they do not work and in fact, one council actually saw an increase in accidents after these zones were installed.
“We will continue to vote against these plans.”
Cambridge Ward Councillor, Sue McGuire said: “The consultations give residents the opportunity to have their say and in this case show that they are clearly in support of the introduction of the 20mph schemes.”
Cllr McGuire added: “Its about changing the mind set of drivers so that they think about their surroundings before putting their foot down. It may take a minute longer to get there but if that means pedestrians and cyclists are safer on our streets then its a minute well spent.”
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