Councillors in bid to extend speed limits between villages

PUBLISHED: 09:59 22 August 2018

A speed check sign in Newport. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

A speed check sign in Newport. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

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Councillors are pushing to extend a 30mph speed limit in Newport and Quendon to ensure the safety of people living in new developments on the outskirts of the villages.

District and parish councillor Neil Hargreaves said: “The intention is, for both north of Newport and south of Quendon, to move out the 30 limits and also have a 40 zone beyond that. Exact positions are to be determined at detailed design stage.

“We asked about extension down to Belcham’s Lane but were told that had been considered before but rejected as little traffic and a speed limit zone all the way up to Quendon would be ignored if it had no obvious purpose.

“Two traffic surveys will be done in Quendon in September to help determined the locations for the limits.

“For Newport, the highways department already has a survey from 2016, so I am not sure if they will do another.

“The projects and costings should go to the highways panel in January. If approved, they will go into the 2019 budget and highways plan.”

The extension of speed limits and footways has been included in the Newport and Quendon neighbourhood plan.

The report says: “Developments have been permitted along the B1383 beyond the current 30mph zones. The opportunity has not been taken to require these developments to fund speed control measures for the safety and general benefit of the residents of the new estates.

“Developments accessing only to the B1383 where there is no footway along the road have been built or are permitted without requirement to provide safe footways to access the villages.”

A survey of 221 local people found that 96 per cent agreed that developments outside of 30mph limits should be required to fund the extension of the speed limit and provide extensions to footways.

To the south of Newport, there is an application for 20 new houses at ‘Bricketts’ and the agent told Newport Parish Council last Monday that it would be willing to fund the new speed limit installation.

Newport Parish Council said it would be requesting for it to be added as a planning condition.

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