SHOPPERS in Redditch have slammed a decision by the county council to reject calls to introduce 20mph speed limits on residential roads.
News last week that county chiefs had not only turned down the proposal but dismissed the idea of a pilot scheme was met by disbelief by local people.
Speaking in the town centre, Kelly Mohammed of Abbeydale, said: “I think the 20mph zones are a good idea – it would be safer when pushing the kid’s buggy.”
Outrage was sparked when the motion was thrown out along with an amended bid, which included carrying out a pilot scheme in the county, during a full council meeting on May 14.
And it seems it is not only drivers who are in agreement over the rejection, but pedestrians too.
Both Sam Clark of Winyates and Marlon Lockenlath agreed the speed restriction would make them feel safer when walking in the town.
Peter Clarke of Batchley said the speed limit should be 20mph in built up areas.
Other shoppers spoke of the ‘horrendous’ driving outside borough schools, and called for restrictions in the main residential centres too.
County councillor Joe Baker, who is also deputy mayor of Redditch borough council, said the motion would probably come up before the county council again.
“It is short sightedness – something that saves lives is something worth looking into.”
Councillor Peter Bridle (UKIP) agreed: “I am an advocate of the 20mph speed limits, especially where children are going into and coming out of school.
He added that by placing the speed restriction 500metres on either side of the school entrance, traffic would be slowed by 33 seconds.