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Councillor backs 20mph village plans
4:36pm Thursday 26th September 2013 in News
CAMPAIGNERS who want to introduce a blanket 20mph speed limit in a village have been given a boost.
A request has been submitted to implement the scheme in the scheme in Rowhedge, taking in about 20 roads, including the busy high street.
But in spite of concerns from Essex Police that it would be difficult to enforce, Julie Young, who campaigned for 20mph scheme in Wivenhoe, has backed the plans.
A scheme was implemented there in April 2011.
Mrs Young, said: “In Wivenhoe, it has proved very popular with residents.
“It helps with safety and I think the perception is that people are safer as a result of it.”
She added: “The police do often put in an objection on the basis it can’t be enforced.
“I understand that, because they have limited resources, but it should not deter anyone seeking to implement 20mph and I would encourage residents, town councils and parish councils to certainly put their ideas forward.
“But I would add, be prepared to wait. It can take a long time.”
Mrs Young also said she would be seeking an extension to the scheme, which covers 31 roads in the town, to take in Broomgrove Junior and Infant School, in Broome Grove, and Millfields School, in Bowes Road.
Mrs Young added: “I think that shows how much of a success it has been that I would like to see it extended.”
Any application would, though, have to come from either a residents’ association or Wivenhoe Town Council, rather than a councillor.
The Rowhedge request has been provisionally approved by a Colchester Council policy panel but will have to be discussed next month before it gets signed off by Essex County Council, as the authority responsible for roads.
The Rowhedge plans
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