Kingswood residents are being encouraged by their Labour councillors to have their say on proposed traffic calming in a number of local streets. South Gloucestershire Council has a policy that its schools should be covered by a 20mph speed limit. This approach is in line with guidance from the Government, which is encouraging local authorities to introduce 20mph speed limits or zones in residential areas being used by people on foot or bicycle.
Development funding has been secured to introduce a 20mph speed limit and review waiting restrictions on roads in the vicinity of the Beacon Rise Primary School, and to install a speed table on Hanham Road.
The purpose of the scheme is to reduce traffic speed on Hanham Road adjacent to Beacon Rise Primary School. The proposed scheme would reduce the speed limit from 30mph to 20mph in the vicinity of the school and introduce a 75mm speed table adjacent to the School entrance, together with reviewing waiting restrictions on the surrounding roads.
The roads affected by the proposals are Beaconlea, Court Road, Dundry Close, Gunning Close, Hanham Road (Part), Jays Close, Mount Gardens, Pettigrove Road, Quarry Road and Tippetts Road.
Speaking about the proposed scheme, local Woodstock Ward councillor Andy Perkins says:
“Speed on Hanham Road is a concern and my colleagues and I encourage local people to respond to the consultation that the Council is currently running. A 20mph zone sounds like a good idea, but we have found, through surveys, that the same speed limit in Kingswood town centre is widely flouted. Enforcement will be the key issue, and Government cuts to the police will make this even more difficult.
If the Council decides to go ahead with a speed table outside Beacon Rise, it really must sort out the drainage issues. Contractors were supposed to have put in proper drainage when the existing build-out was put there about 10 years ago but they didn’t. The Council subsequently stuck down a bit of tarmac to deflect water, but we need to have a proper solution this time.
The proposals would require some changes to local parking restrictions, although these are at a minimum. It is difficult to strike the right balance in streets built many decades ago when car ownership levels much lower, but we do need take action to keep our streets safer.”
The consultation runs until 31st July and is online HERE