20mph speed limit for village schools?

Eye Primary School is one of nine schools which could get a new 20mph speed limit outside the school. Picture: Rowland Hobson/Peterborough ET
Eye Primary School is one of nine schools which could get a new 20mph speed limit outside the school. Picture: Rowland Hobson/Peterborough ET

ROADS outside village schools may soon have their speed limit cut to 20mph.

Residents’ views are now being sought by Peterborough City Council on plans to reduce the speed limit from 30mph to 20mph on roads outside nine primary schools in villages near Peterborough.

One of the schools affected by the proposals is Eye Primary School, in Eyebury Road, Eye.

The new speed limit, if it is approved, would be put in place 170 metres from the roundabout in Thorney Road and Eyebury Road and stretch 361 metres to the south along the street.

Headteacher Clare Clark welcomed the move. She said: “We’ve had a lot of problems with parking and parents being able to safely get their children to the school.

“Anything that raises awareness of safety issues close to the school will be a good thing.”

The other schools affected by the plans are Barnack, Castor, Glinton, Helpston, Newborough, Northborough, Thorney and Wittering primary schools.

Comments on the plans must be submitted to the council by December 21. If no objections are received the speed limits will be put in place soon afterwards.

The speed limit reduction proposals will cost £16,000 to put in place.

They were backed by city councillors on the Scrutiny Commission For Rural Communities last month.

They voted in favour of the plans, despite the council’s network team manager Peter Tebb saying that it was not worth the money.

The idea to reduce the speed limits from 30mph to 20mph was suggested by the commission last October and since then the council’s investigations have found that only four accidents had taken place near the nine schools in the last five years with one child suffering an injury.

Speed surveys conducted by the council also found that on average motorists were not travelling at more than 30mph through the villages.

Anyone wanting to comment on the plans should write to Simon Machen, head of planning, transport and engineering, Bridge House, Town Bridge, Peterborough, PE1 1XG.