20mph speed limit proposed for Rift House

Macauley Road.
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Proposals to introduce new 20mph speed limit in a Hartlepool residential area will be considered by councillors today.

The Neighbourhood Services Committee at Hartlepool Borough Council will vote on the scheme, which involves the Macaulay Road area of Rift House.

The proposals, which are recommended for approval, follow a consultation with residents and businesses, launched after requests from householders in the area, via all three local councillors.

Letters were delivered to 310 households during February, with 30% of people replying.

Of those 91% were in favour and 9% were opposed to the scheme.

The report states: “Letters were hand delivered, to residents throughout the area, during the third week of February 2016, and also to the three ward councillors.

“A total of 310 letters and plans were delivered to residential properties. The number of replies received was 93 – 30% of the 310 letters which were delivered – with 85 in favour of the proposed scheme – 91% of the replies – and eight were against – 9% of those who replied.”

The 20mph speed restriction would apply throughout the Macaulay Road area, including Drayton Road, Dryden Road, Garrick Grove,

Homer Grove, Nash Grove and Swinburne Road.

Main signs will be placed on the junctions of Marlowe Road and Dryden Road; Marlowe Road and Swinburne Road; Macaulay Road and Sinclair Road; and Macaulay Road and Catcote Road.

Smaller 20mph repeater signs will be positioned at appropriate intervals throughout the remainder of the area.

No additional traffic calming measures, like speed cushions, are being proposed.

The estimated cost will be approximately £1,500 and will come from the local transport plan budget.

The report states: “A 20mph speed limit would improve road safety, and encourage slower vehicle speeds within the area.

“Subject to approval of the scheme, a traffic regulation order will be advertised for the 20mph speed limit, in accordance with the statutory legal procedures.”

Today’s meeting takes place at 3.15pm in Committee Room B, Civic Centre, Hartlepool.