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More success on 30s

12.14.10 | Comment?

Here’s the text of my only mildly triumphal letter, distributed today/tomorrow to residents in Barrow Nook and at both ends of Skelmersdale Road:

Dear resident

I am pleased to say I have had the following email text in from the Highways Division at Lancashire County Council:

“Dear Councillor Cotterill

Following our site meeting this morning I can confirm that a 30mph speed limit will be considered for the following sections of the following roads:

  •  Skelmersdale Road at the residential ends, with 50mph in between;
  •  Barrow Nook Lane, the residential section;
  •  Coach Road between Moss Lane and Barrow Nook Lane.

As discussed, it will be mid to late 2011 before the above can be implemented.”

This is clearly a longer timescale for implementation than any of us would want; the delay is caused by the County Council’s decision to ‘package’ all speed limit changes proposed into one larger public advertisement (a legal requirement for speed limit changes).  Nevertheless, the email does still represent a significant step forward in the long-running campaign for 30mph limits on these stretches of road. 

Barrow Nook residents will note the absence of Moss Lane from this list.  While it would make sense to include Moss Lane in the overall scheme, technicalities in the speed limiting guidelines mean that it does not currently qualify, and I will therefore work to include it as a due flexibility when the public advertisement appears, and formal comments are invited. 

The success in getting a 30mph on Skelmersdale Road, as and when it happens, will be particularly pleasing, as this will be a reversal on the decision made last year by the Council (despite my appeal) to keep it at 60mph, and residents on Skelmersdale Road will enjoy in time the same benefits secured (again through appeal) for Liverpool Road/Lathom Road/Church Lane residents.   It will also be a happy outcome to the perseverance and commitment showed to this campaign by a number of residents (whom I will not embarrass by naming, but they know who they are) over a long period.

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