Business owners brand speed halt bid pointless

How will a blanket speed limit be enforced asks Martin Hunns
How will a blanket speed limit be enforced asks Martin Hunns
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TRADERS have dubbed plans to reduce the speed limit on the majority of Cleveleys’ roads a “waste of time”.

The move is part of a county-wide plan to roll out 20mph limits across every residential road and street outside a school by 2014.

The speed limit areas will be rolled out on a phased basis over the next three years with roads in Garstang, Knott End and Preesall in phase one and Cleveleys and Fleetwood in phase two.

Councillors in Preesall have already objected to the project which they described as “over the top”.

And the Fleetwood Development Partnership has launched a petition against the speed limits in its town.

Now business owners in Cleveleys have criticised the scheme which they say is not an urgent priority.

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Martin Hunns, chair of Cleveleys Chamber of Trade, said: “I think it’s a good idea outside schools but to blanket the whole town is a waste of time.

“We already have hundreds of speed bumps dotted around the place, I don’t think drivers could get over 20mph in most places.

“And how will they enforce the speed limit, by putting cameras up everywhere and taking more money from residents.

“What annoys us the most is we constantly ask for more parking, especially for coaches but our requests fall on deaf ears.

“Originally the new car park on the front was going to have coach spaces, now it is just for cars, we need help to keep Cleveleys alive.

“We are not getting the trams until April, businesses are really struggling, if things don’t change, Cleveleys will be left to rot.”

The county council has defended the plan as cheaper than other traffic calming measures and say the number of road accidents will fall.

Mike Kirby, director of transportation and strategic highways, said: “We are prepared to work hard to convince everyone of the benefits of reducing speeds in these locations.”

The public has until December 7 to give views to the authority.