RESIDENTS have the chance to vote in favour of reducing the speed limit in two villages following councillor requests and initiatives.
Hartlepool Borough Council is consulting with residents in Elwick and Dalton Piercy to get their views on introducing a 20mph speed limit.
The move comes after appeals from Rural West ward councillors, Brenda Loynes, George Morris and Ray Wells, as well as a number of initiatives which have already been set up in the villages to try and make motorists cut their speed.
Council bosses say if there is “significant support” for the cut in speed limit, they will give serious consideration to giving the 20mph zone the go-ahead.
The consultation has been welcomed by members of Elwick Parish Council, which has campaigned in the past to get the speed limit through the village reduced.
Chris Banks, chairman of the parish council, said: “The parish council has been concerned for a long time about the speed in which people drive through the village.
“Many use it as a rat run to the A19.
“For anybody who is trying to cross the road in Elwick at 8am, it’s not a lot of fun.
“There are a lot of kids about, but some of the speeds I see people driving through the village you wouldn’t believe.
“This is a step in the right direction and it’s a very good idea.”
Coun Ray Wells, leader of the Conservative group, said he was delighted to see the consultation sent out, which if supported would bring Elwick and Dalton Piercy in line with the 20mph speed limit in place in Greatham.
He said: “Both Elwick and Dalton Piercy have suffered at the hands of speeding motorists for far too long and I’m dedicated to resolving this.”
A spokesman for Hartlepool Borough Council said: “Following requests from Rural West ward councillors, the council is currently consulting people in the villages of Elwick and Dalton Piercy to see if they are in favour of introducing a 20mph zone.
“The council has stated previously that where there is significant support for a 20mph zone in an area, it would give serious consideration to its introduction.
“All residents and businesses in the two villages have received a letter and it is important that people respond and let us have their views by Friday 1 February.
“We are also consulting key organisations including the police, fire brigade and parish councils.
“The consultation findings will be fed back to the council and a decision will then be made whether to introduce a 20mph limit.”
The consultation form should be sent to Peter Frost at Hartlepool Borough Council, Regeneration and Neighbourhoods, 1 Church Street, Hartlepool, TS24 7DS.