20 mph speed limit for Clitheroe’s streets on way

20 mph speed limit plans. (s)
20 mph speed limit plans. (s)

RESIDENTS have until Thursday to comment on plans to introduce a 20 mph speed limit on most of Clitheroe’s residential roads.

Lancashire County Council is rolling out a programme to introduce 20 mph zones in all residential areas throughout the county, including Clitheroe.

Lancashire County Councillor for Clitheroe Coun. Allan Knox explained: “The scheme, which will not involve any speed bumps, is going to be rolled out across the county in the next two years.

“One of the first areas where it will be rolled out is the north and west of Clitheroe.

“The dividing line will be the A671 (Whalley Road, the inner by-pass and Chatburn Road) and those roads will not be affected by the scheme. However, everything west and north of there will be included with one or two minor exceptions on the edge of town where residential properties disappear.”

He added: “This means streets such as Woone Lane, Eshton Terrace, Henthorn Road, and most of Pimlico Road and Waddington Road (plus all the streets that surround them) will be included in the scheme.”

Coun. Knox explained that throughout the zone there will be repeater signs to make sure motorists know the speed limit.

“The county wants to engage with motorists so they change their behaviour to adhere to the new speed limit,” he added. “However, they will also have community road watch schemes and if there is still persistent breaking of the new speed limit on those residential streets there will be the option of using mobile cameras for enforcement.”

Chris Gathercole, core member of Transition Town Clitheroe, is urging residents to support the plans.

“Transition Town Clitheroe urged this change over a year ago to help make Clitheroe more friendly for pedestrians and cycle users,” Chris explained. He added: “It’s a pity the main roads have been excluded as most of the accidents happen on these.”

Portsmouth hit the headlines a few years ago when it became the first city in the country to introduce a 20 mph limit on most of its roads. Other cities and towns have since followed suit.

For full details about the proposal log on to http://www3.lancashire.gov.uk/corporate/web/view.asp?siteid=6018&pageid=34540&e=e

Comments should be sent to The County Secretary and Solicitor, Lancashire County Council, PO Box 78, County Hall, Preston, PR1 8XJ, quoting ref:LSG4/5. 42352/SLO/3/1/MEI, before September 15th.