Somerset Council responds to Pilton, Castle Cary, Ansford, and Ditcheat's calls for 20mph speed limits

By Laura Linham

28th Mar 2024 | Local News

The council is now in the process of advertising Traffic Regulation Orders for these changes.  (Photo: Stock image/Unsplash)
The council is now in the process of advertising Traffic Regulation Orders for these changes. (Photo: Stock image/Unsplash)

Following appeals from the communities of Pilton, Castle Cary and Ansford, and Ditcheat for improved road safety measures, Somerset Council has announced plans to introduce new 20mph speed limits.

This move is part of a wider initiative by the council to address safety concerns across the county, with proposals for 15 new speed limits being put forward at the behest of local communities.

The initiative allows communities to directly fund the design and implementation of these speed limits, in alignment with the criteria set by the Department for Transport. This approach was developed in response to a wave of requests from Somerset residents last year, advocating for establishing safer speed limits in their areas.

The council is now in the process of advertising Traffic Regulation Orders for these changes. A 21-day consultation period is underway until the week commencing 8 April. This period allows residents to voice their opinions on the new speed limit proposals.

Highlighting the community-driven nature of these proposals, Councillor Richard Wilkins, Somerset Council's Lead Member for Transport and Digital, remarked, "The communities themselves very much drive this initiative – this is not about imposing measures people don't want. The request for a 20mph or 30mph limit has consistently come from local people, motivated by valid safety concerns. We're delighted to support these community-led initiatives."

For further details on these proposals or to discuss potential speed limits within their areas, residents are encouraged to reach out to their respective Town or Parish Clerk.

     

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