Headland could be 20mph zone

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PLANS to bring in a 20mph zone across the whole of the Headland have been endorsed by Hartlepool councillors.

Hartlepool Borough Council is looking to reduce the speed limit on the Headland from 30mph to 20mph and the plans will now go out to public consultation.

It follows a request from the Headland Parish Council, which asked for the area to be considered for a 20mph zone.

Labour councillor Sylvia Tempest asked for public consultation meetings to be arranged and Alastair Smith, the council’s assistant director of regeneration, said they could do that but that letters explaining the proposals would also be sent to every business and household on the Headland.

Labour councillor Jim Ainslie, who is also chair of the Headland Parish Council, said the parish council welcomed the plans.

Coun Ainslie said: “We have done straw polls of people and it is fair to some are for the plans and some are against.

“It is important that there is a wide consultation.”

Coun Ainslie said it was important officers attended the public meetings, once they are arranged, to explain to residents the pros and cons of slashing the speed limit to 20mph.

If the plans are later confirmed the signage would cost about £500.

Consultation letters should be sent out before the end of August and after the consultation, the results will be reported back to a future meeting of the neighbourhood services committee.