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Warning on potential 20mph zone enforcement failure

March 22, 2017 6:37 PM

A 20mph zone has been agreed for Stone Brig Lane to protect pupils from Rothwell Primary but Cllr Stewart Golton has warned that without enforcement, the zone will be ineffective.

With consultation already complete and signage now created, the zone is set to come into effect as soon as the signs go up. It joins several other 20mph zones already in operation around local schools.

However Cllr Golton has warned that the scheme could be a waste of money if the zones are not enforced properly.

Cllr Stewart Golton (Lib Dem, Rothwell) said: "We all know that going slower around schools and residential areas makes sense and the majority of drivers stick within the legal limits.

"However, there will always be someone who believes that rules aren't for them and for these motorists the zones will only work if they know their speed is being monitored.

"On asking, I have found out that traffic police will not be enforcing the zones. Instead, responsibility for this will fall to the council's own parking services who will visit it whenever they can. But with seventy-one other schools on their list and their visits prioritised by where they are most needed, they will be few and far between.

"If we are going to spend the money setting up the zones, we must be prepared to enforce them. A recent study in Manchester showed that 20mph zones by themselves have a negligible effect on drivers' speeds.

"Therefore I'm calling on the council to invest in some real enforcement action so that we can actually keep children and residents safe rather than paying lip service to the idea with a few signs."