Plans for traffic calming measures hit speed bumps
A COUNCILLOR is telling motorists in Mytholmroyd that “twenty is plenty”.
Newly-elected Luddenden Foot Ward Councillor Simon Young is urging Calderdale Council to reduce the speed limit through the centre of Mytholmroyd to 20 mph to ensure the safety of pedestrians.
Coun Young, who was made aware of residents’ concerns about road safety in the area when canvassing for the recent local elections, said: “I’m calling on the council to look again at the speed limit through the area, with a view to reducing it down to 20 mph.
“We must take action on speeding traffic through our local communities. The faster drivers go, the longer it takes to stop and the more likely they are to crash, kill and maim.”
Coun Young has cited Hebden Bridge’s conversion into a 20 mph zone as a success story and said that he will also be tackling Midgley and parts of Luddenden Foot in the future.
The campaign has been backed by local politicians and education leaders, with Burnley Road Academy headteacher Pam Saville saying it would allow her pupils to feel more safe when cycling to school.
However, the chances of success for the campaign have been initially dented after Calderdale Council said traffic calming measures in Mytholmroyd were not currently a priority.
Calderdale Council’s Head of Planning, Geoff Willerton, said: “The council has received several requests for 20 mph zones. However, funding is limited and has to be targeted where it is needed most, so the council has developed a prioritisation system. This takes into account a variety of factors including the type of road, the risk to vulnerable road users such as cyclists or pedestrians and any accidents that have occurred.
“Mytholmroyd is not one of the highest priority locations and so cannot be considered at present.”
To back Coun Young’s campaign, visit www.simonyoung.info/20.
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