Council U-turn over 30mph sign in 20mph Hartlepool street

CONFUSED: Kevin Burton at the 30mph speed sign at the junction of Granville Avenue and Hart Lane.
CONFUSED: Kevin Burton at the 30mph speed sign at the junction of Granville Avenue and Hart Lane.
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RED-FACED council bosses have been forced into a U-turn after installing a wrong speed limit sign on a Hartlepool street.

The speed limit in Granville Avenue, off Hart Lane, was reduced to 20mph last year after residents appealed to Hartlepool Borough Council for traffic calming measures.

CONFUSED: Kevin Burton at the 20mph speed sign at the junction of Granville Avenue and Grange Road.

CONFUSED: Kevin Burton at the 20mph speed sign at the junction of Granville Avenue and Grange Road.

Residents say the area is particularly busy as parents from the nearby Sacred Heart School, in Hart Lane regularly park there.

But earlier this month, a new 30mph sign was unveiled at the junction with Hart Lane, with a 20mph sign still in place at the other end of the street going in the opposite direction.

The error was made while the council introduced a new 20mph zone going past the school. The council now plans to remove the incorrect sign ‘as soon as possible’, but the mistake left some residents bemused. Kevin Burton, 34, who lives in Granville Avenue, said: “The residents were asked by the council last year to fill in a questionnaire, and most of us asked for as many calming measures as possible, whether that be speed bumps, chevrons or a lower speed limit.

“Traffic always backs up the street because of the school, so we felt there had to be some traffic calming measures put in place for the vehicles coming from Hart Lane.

It has been a complete waste of time and money, and is typical of our council.

Kevin Burton, resident

“We asked for the speed limit for the area to be reduced to 20mph, and new signs to that effect did go up about six months ago.

“Lo and behold, though, one was unveiled recently coming off Hart Lane with a 30mph limit, with a 20mph limit on the other side of the street.”

Mr Burton lives in Granville Avenue with partner Rebecca and children Joshua, 10, and Isabelle, 6, added: “It has been a complete waste of time and money, and is typical of our council.”

He admits the new sign left him fearing for their safety.

A spokesman for the council said: “Granville Avenue is part of a 20mph zone, so there should not be a 30mph sign at the junction with Hart Lane.

“We have recently installed some signs in Hart Lane to reflect the new 20mph speed limit in the vicinity of Sacred Heart School, and as part of this work the 30mph sign was installed.

“We are making arrangements for it to be removed as soon as possible.”