Town centre set to get 20mph limit

Fylde by Air March 2011.'Poulton, with the junction of Hardhorn Road and Garstang Road West on right. PIC BY ROB LOCK'24-3-2011
Fylde by Air March 2011.'Poulton, with the junction of Hardhorn Road and Garstang Road West on right. PIC BY ROB LOCK'24-3-2011
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A community leader has outlined the next phase in his vision to turn parts of Poulton into a 20mph zone.

County Coun Alf Clempson, Poulton’s Lancashire County Council representative, hopes to push through the second phase of a bid to slow down traffic around the town.

He said: “The first phase of this scheme was put in around Hardhorn and the second phase will focus on the town centre.

“I don’t think anyone is going to argue with a 20mph speed limit in the town centre.

“I will also be asking the council for matrix signs to be put up around Highcross Road, Hardhorn Road and Longhouse Lane because there’s been a lot of speeding traffic around there, especially next to Baines School.

“There’s been problems there and I don’t want people feeling unsafe when they walk to school, so we need drivers to slow down.”

The matrix signs flash a sad face when it detects a driver is over the speed limit, and County Coun Clempson says Poulton needs more .

He added: “Poulton does want them and I won’t stop until I get them.

“I’ve heard from residents at Poulton and Carleton Residents’ Association that traffic is speeding at the bottom of Highcross Road, so we will be getting the signs there.”

How much the scheme would cost is not known.

Roger Critchley, chairman of Poulton Partnership, said: “I can understand why they want to do this outside schools but things need to be done with care and not just a blanket speed limit.

“The problem is getting people to stick to it but having it around the centre of Poulton would be a good idea.”

Lancashire County Council confirmed a matrix sign has already been placed outside Baines School.

County Councillor John Fillis, cabinet member for highways and transport at Lancashire County Council, said: “Some schools already had measures to encourage slower speeds and alert drivers to the school but, with the new signs and part-time limits, we now have a consistent approach across the county for all schools where the main entrance is on a road with a limit higher than 20mph.”