Work on 20mph zone for Eye could start later this year

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Pictured: Lambseth Street ANL-160224-150358009

General Views of Eye Pictured: Lambseth Street ANL-160224-150358009

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Plans to introduce a 20mph zone in Eye have moved a step closer after nearly 50 residents showed their support at a public meeting.

Hosted by the town council and Suffolk County Councillor Guy McGregor last Tuesday, the new scheme would include a coloured road surface at the entrance to the zone, which would be entered from Lambseth Street, Hoxne Road, Church Road and Welling Street, and Magdalen Street.

At the meeting there was widespread support for a reduction in the speed limit to a maximum of 20mph

Suffolk County Councillor Guy McGregor

Courtesy crossings would also be enhanced, while the scheme would be fully-funded by county council’s street car parking fund, meaning there would not be the need for the town council to make any contributions, unless they would like to add any other street improvements.

The 20’s Plenty for Eye campaign group has long fought for a 20mph limit in the town, and a petition supporting the move gained more than 1,200 signatures in 2013, drawing praise from Cllr McGregor.

“At the meeting there was widespread support for a reduction in the speed limit to a maximum of 20mph,” he said. “The next stage is to have a traffic regulation order, and this is a democratic process and gives everybody an opportunity to object to the change. If there are no objections I would hope to start this work later on this year. Objections to this might lead to this to being cancelled or delayed into next year.”

Cllr McGregor added he hoped Eye could become a “premier shopping destination”, using the example of Hamilton Road in Felixstowe which adopted a 20mph shared space zone.

Eye mayor Maria Ford said she also supported the introduction of a lower speed limit in the town.

“Many of us have experienced near misses whilst walking along the footpaths whether it be pushing a buggy, walking dogs, carrying shopping and supervising children. Although the majority of drivers are courteous, sadly there are some who zoom through the tightest spaces with little regard for pedestrians or parked vehicles.

“I think slowing down traffic will help to make the town safer for pedestrians whilst also allowing vehicles more time to slow down at the courtesy crossings.

“The 20’s Plenty group has been very determined in their campaign and have achieved a great result with the support of residents, the town council and Cllr McGregor.”

Eye Town Council will discuss the plans, which would be subject to a planning application, on Wednesday.