I think the 30mph speed limit on the west of Staverton should be extended and I am considering pushing this in my role as parish councillor. My thoughts are that it should stretch out to encompass the steam railway station – possibly just beyond Louise Watson’s house where the road starts uphill towards Riverford. And then also over the bridge to around the location of Staverton Bridge Nursery.
An increasing number of people are using the road to connect from the village centre to the playing fields, the station or the bridge. Yes, there’s a path along the river but that’s not always convenient. And there are a number of houses along new lane whose front gates exit immediately onto the road, making it very dangerous if cars are travelling too fast.
I see the station, the bridge and the playing fields as important parts of the village. The first two in particular help attract tourists and generate income for the village. It therefore doesn’t make sense to signal that these locations aren’t in the village by placing them outside the 30mph zone.
I’ve heard the argument that speed limits don’t necessarily slow people down, and there’s no doubt that some people will ignore them. But I think the vast majority of people will slow down when they enter 30mph zone. It’s effectively a helpful signal that you’re entering a village, which is not always obvious with all the thick hedges hiding houses away.
I’ve had an informal discussion with DCC highways representative about this, and the opinion I got back was that DCC are very careful about agreeing to extend 30mph limits. I get the impression it would take a lot of work.
So I’m floating the idea to see what people think. How many people agree with me? Should I push for this? And if we’re going to do this, I think we’ll need lots of community support – letters, lobbying etc. The online neighbourhood plan questionnaire is now available – see home page for a link. If you feel strongly about this issue, make sure you complete a questionnaire, which gives you the option to highlight traffic speeds as an issue.
I’m sure there are other areas in the parish too that need attention, but this is the one I know best.
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