The co-ordinator of a group fighting for a reduced speed limit in Eye has says Suffolk County Council has “seen sense” after a new policy was agreed by cabinet last week.
Suffolk County Council’s cabinet met last Tuesday and agreed a policy paper, in which criteria must be met in order for towns and villages to apply for a reduced speed limit or zone.
It comes as good news for the town of Eye. A petition, started last year, received more than 1,200 signatures in support of reducing the speed limit.
Figures, compiled by campaigners from a survey of traffic taken by Suffolk Police in the first week of July showed more than 87,000 vehicles drove through the town. 13,200 of those, between 8am and 6pm, exceeded speeds of 35mph.
Robin Knight, co-ordinator of the 20’s Plenty for Eye campaign group said there are issues with “speeding, inconsiderate driving and inconsiderate parking” in the town, but said he was “delighted” with Tuesday’s result.
“People see Eye as a through road,” explained Mr Knight. “We hope Eye will top the list and become the next place to get a 20mph limit. Don’t hold your breath, but it could just be that a 20mph limit will be introduced in Eye within a year or two. I was delighted that they (Suffolk County Council) seemed to have seen sense and are approaching it from a sensible point of view. They are accepting there is considerable demand to have a more sensible speed limit.
“We meet the criteria from several points of view - from the unfortunate accident statistics, the fact it is a conservation area, and we have considerable support from locals, the town council and our county councillor (Guy McGregor). I am delighted with the support. It just shows the strength of support in our area. It is for everyone’s benefit to make Eye a better place to work and live.”
Locations can now apply should they meet two out of three criteria, which includes current mean speeds are at or below 24mph, the area having a depth of residential development and evidence of pedestrian and cyclist movements within the area, and a record of injury accidents, based on police accident data, within the location within the last five years.
However, it is recommended areas will not be considered, unless in exceptional circumstances, should they have an A or B class road, have mean speeds of 30pmph or more, or if there is no significant community support, as assessed by the local county councillor.
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