Have a say on 20mph plans

Have your say

RESIDENTS are being urged to have their say about plans to introduce 20mph speed limits in residential areas across Hartlepool.

It follows a recent investigation by Hartlepool Borough Council’s Neighbourhood Services Scrutiny Forum which backed the idea and recommended town-wide consultation.

The programme, known as ‘20’s Plenty’, has been used in a number of towns and cities across the country to improve road safety and is focused on changing behaviour rather than introducing physical traffic calming measures.

Main roads in the town would stay at their existing speed limits, but it is proposed that the majority of residential estates become 20mph zones.

Councillor Stephen Thomas, chair of the neighbourhood services scrutiny forum, said: “It is a well known fact that speed kills and endangers lives which is why the scrutiny councillors were keen to explore this initiative.

“We accept that not all roads will have a 20mph limit.

“But we feel that there is a case for the large majority of minor roads in Hartlepool to have a 20mph restriction.

“It is really important that local people have their say and they have until Friday, July 29to let us have their views.”

Members of the public also have the opportunity to attend a public meeting at Rossmere Youth Centre, Rossmere Way on Friday, July 15, from 3.30pm.

A map with the proposed 20mph areas can be viewed at www.hartlepool.gov.uk or at the civic centre, or the council offices at 1 Church Street.

At the end of the consultation period, all of the responses will be analysed and a further report will go before councillors.

For more information, telephone (01429) 523249 or e-mail highways@hartlepool.gov.uk

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