The Labour councillors representing the Kings Chase ward in central Kingswood have backed a range of traffic safety measures put forward following extensive public consultation. Local residents have long complained about traffic problems in the area’s residential streets, and councillors have now agreed the introduction of 20 MPH zones, speed tables and waiting restrictions at selected hot-spots.
The proposals were agreed by the council’s Planning and Transportation Committee this afternoon, after local Councillor Kim Scudamore had told the meeting:
“We know that Kingswood wasn’t designed for cars, and certainly not for the level of car ownership that we see today. The Council’s job is meet the conflicting demands of trying to keep our roads safe while allowing for the free flow of traffic, giving residents easy access to their homes and visitors easy access to shops and services. Road safety must be our highest priority, and I know that many of our residents feels that they have waited too long for changes that are now being considered. Some feel that the proposals do not go far enough, and they look forward to an extension of the 20 MPH zone in a future review.
The Kings Chase Councillors have knocked on a lot of doors in recent weeks, and we know that most people we spoke to support the proposals for the Kings Chase ward. We know that our predecessors on the Council worked for these improvements. We understand that speed limits and yellow lines will make very little difference to the minority who choose to park or drive in a selfish or dangerous manner, but will encourage the majority to make our roads safer. On behalf of the community I represent, I therefore ask the Committee to approve the proposals before them, and to implement these changes as soon as possible.”
His colleague, Councillor Martin Farmer, is a member of the committee. He added:
“I was pleased to be able to vote for these traffic orders, which are the result of extensive consultation with the public. Making these kind of changes requires a slow-moving legal process, so I thank local residents for their patience.”