PROPOSALS have been unveiled for a 20mph speed limit in Johnstown, Penycae, Ponciau, and Rhos.
Wrexham Council says it is looking at the plans with the support of its local councillors. It is thought to be the first ever zonal wide scheme to be proposed in Wrexham.
A statement from the authority says: “Implementation of similar schemes in other parts of Wales has proved successful in lowering speeds to the benefit of communities, particularly those more vulnerable members of our society.
“In many of the communities identified, restricted road widths and the lack of footways make these particularly intimidating places for pedestrians and cyclists.
“Research has demonstrated that motorists are more likely to respect lower speed limits in developed areas, particularly in residential areas and where there is community activity – such as near schools, shops and other facilities.
“The proposed 20mph area will be clearly signed at the start of the speed limit with termination signs at the exit.
“Road markings will be placed at regular intervals throughout the scheme to reinforce the 20mph speed limit.
“The council is now undertaking consultation with residents, businesses, emergency services and other interested parties.
“The purpose of this consultation is to establish whether there is support for the proposals as outlined in the orders.”
Community leaders have given their backing to the plans and also stressed the importance of the public participating in the consultation.
Cllr David A Bithell, of Johnstown ward, said: “Money for this scheme was secured from Taith, the North Wales transport consortia. It is believed this is the first ever zonal wide scheme to be proposed in Wrexham which supports the existing implementation of the 20mph zones outside all schools in the county.”
Cllr Bithell added that many residents had raised concerns of speeding and he hoped the proposed scheme would be welcomed, especially in built-up residential areas.
Cllr John Phillips, of Penycae ward, said: “I support the plans. It is important that as many people as possible put their views forward.
“The vast majority of motorists do drive carefully, but there is a minority who speed.”
Cllr Paul Pemberton, of Ponciau ward, said: “I think the scheme would make the roads safer.
“There are a number of potential accident spots such as Fennant Road. This process needs the public to join in. It has to be democratic.”
Cllr Kevin Hughes, also of Ponciau ward, said: “This was put to us by the highways department and I am in favour because I think the plan would contribute to road safety. We do need the public to engage and give us their views.”
Residents can have their say by visiting the council’s website and www.surveymonkey.com/s/Proposedareawide20mphspeedlimit.