New 20mph zones get green light

DRIVERS will have to put the brakes on in several Hartlepool roads after new 20mph speed limits were approved.

Roads in the A block area of Rossmere and the Kipling Road area of Rift House will have their speeds slashed because a large number of children play in those streets.

Mayor Stuart Drummond approved the new limits at a portfolio meeting yesterday.

The roads affected by the scheme are: Argyll Road, Arran Road, Aran Grove, Alloa Grove, Ayr Grove and Aberdeen Road.

The Kipling Road scheme will comprise of: Kipling Road, Gladys Worthy Close, Burns Avenue and Caxton Grove.

Alastair Smith, assistant director of transportation and engineering at the council, said the new limits aimed to “appeal to the hearts and minds of drivers”.

The schemes will see new 20mph speed limit signs go up in the areas at a cost of around £2,000.

Mayor Drummond stressed enforcement would be down to the police.

Residents were asked for their opinion on the scheme during a consultation in September.

More than 90 per cent of those who responded in A block were in favour of the plans. And out of 30 residents who responded to letters for the Kipling Road area proposals, 28 were in favour.