Have your say on life-saving 20mph zones

SLOW DOWN ZONE -- Aston Drive, on Bulwell Hall Estate, which already has a 20mph speed limit -- DISPIC NHUD12-2139-2
SLOW DOWN ZONE -- Aston Drive, on Bulwell Hall Estate, which already has a 20mph speed limit -- DISPIC NHUD12-2139-2

RESIDENTS of Bulwell are being asked if they would back the launch of 20mph speed-limits on roads in the town as part of a drive to protect the lives of pedestrians.

Nottingham City Council wants to see the controversial measure introduced all over the city.

The council’s lead member for planning and transport, Coun Jane Urquhart (Lab), said: “We are starting discussions with residents and organisations in Bulwell, Basford and the Bestwood estates to get their views.”

People of Sherwood have already been consulted and a final decision on a 20mph for that part of the city is expected to be made before Christmas.

“Similar proposals will be rolled out to the rest of Nottingham over the next three years, taking into account the views of the community,” said Coun Urquhart.

Roads on Bulwell Hall Estate have already been piloted for the scheme. Signs at the junctions of Hucknall Lane with Aston Drive, Grindon Crescent and Longford Crescent show that it is a ‘20 Zone’.

Underneath the signs are a children’s picture which asks drivers to ‘please slow down and kill speed’.

The picture shows three children, the sun, a car and a tortoise and snail crossing the road, which implies a message for drivers to take their time.

Mother-of-two Sandra Parker, who lives on Grindon Crescent, said she was in favour of the 20 mph limit and thought it was having a beneficial effect on the estate.

“If it helps to save a life in an accident, it is bound to be worthwhile,” she added.

Coun Jackie Morris, a Bulwell Labour member of the city council, said the consultation was important to give people a chance to express their opinions.

The road-safety charity, Brake, say lower speed limits could be vital in preventing needless accidents.

But a spokesman stressed that councils needed to explain to residents why the measures were being introduced, and specific effects they would entail.

Brian Macdowall, of the Association of British Drivers, attacked the proposal as ‘gesture politics at its worst’.

He said: “Blanket speed limits are not the answer for improving safety on any roads — and that is borne out by statistics.

“In all probability, the police will not have sufficient funding to enforce the 20 mph limit in any case.”