20mph bid to halt village speeders

Coun Maxine Chew and Coun Paul Hayhurst
Coun Maxine Chew and Coun Paul Hayhurst
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A raft of new 20mph speed limits are set to be put into place in a Fylde village in a bid to stem the tide of traffic using it as a ‘rat run’.

Campaigners in Singleton have been calling for the “absolutely vital” lower speed limit to be put in place in the village to slow down speeding drivers.

It is claimed the village is used as a rat run by motorists, some of them going at “incredible speeds”.

Now Coun Paul Hayhurst, who represents the village at County Hall, says the council has provisionally agreed to a plan towards putting the limits in place.

He said: “It’s absolutely vital that we do something because Singleton is a rat run and people speed through the village.

“People have obviously got to cross the road on a frequent basis in the village and we’ve got traffic going through at incredible speeds at times.”

The plans have also been welcomed by Coun Maxine Chew, who represents the village on Fylde Council.

She said: “I’m absolutely thrilled because when you consider that there are areas of Fylde that are covered in 20mph zones sometimes it seems over the top or inappropriate, but for singleton ti’s only for a few hundred yards and absolutely essential for the safety of the residents of the village.”

Coun John Fillis, Lancashire County Council’s cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “I recently met with Coun Hayhurst and other local representatives to discuss the situation in Singleton. I agree with them that we need to see what more can be done to support the regular police enforcement to tackle the speeding problems.

“We will begin consultation on a proposed 20mph speed limit for Singleton shortly.

“We will take into account any comments received and, if the decision is taken to go ahead, monitor the effectiveness of the scheme, and consider if further measures are necessary to lower the speeds.”

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