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Sandycroft road speed limit cut to 30mph

Published date: 14 March 2014 |
Published by: David Humphreys
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A BUSY village road labelled “dangerous” is to have its speed limit reduced by 10 miles per hour.

A section of the B5129 Chester Road, Pentre, Sandycroft, which currently has a speed limit of 40mph, will be reduced to 30mph by Flintshire Council.

Just under 650 metres of the road, between the junctions of Rectors Lane and Station Road will have the speed limit cut to reduce the risk of accidents and improve road safety.

Flintshire councillor and community council member for Sandycroft, David Wisinger, said: “I’m made up about this because we’ve fought to get the speed reduced for years.

“This road is dangerous as it is very narrow and you’ve got lorries coming out of the industrial estate nearby.

“When they’re going along the road at 40mph, they’re almost touching each other so that is just far too fast for them to be going.

“Children have to cross Chester Road to get to school and there’s no lollipop lady or anything like that.

“It will be safer for cyclists and pedestrians and I’m sure people will be over the moon, common sense has prevailed.”

The reduced limit plans have also been warmly welcomed by a local business owner.

Pam Dawson manages the Bridge Inn pub where the 40mph zone currently ends on Station Road.

“I think that 30mph is a good idea. We’re in the pub towards the end of the 40mph section and people do about 60mph up towards the Airbus roundabout anyway.

“It should be 30mph all the way up there but people are going to speed anyway.

“They fly down the road and it does get quite dangerous,” she said.

Cllr Bernie Attridge, cabinet member for environment said: “The B5129, Chester Road, Sandycroft, was identified within Flintshire Council’s speed limit review as being appropriate for the implementation of a 30mph speed limit due to the residential nature of the route.  

“Provided no objections are received by March 20, 2014, it is anticipated that the new speed limit will come in to effect in early May, providing time to install the required signage.”

Any objections to the reduction in speed limit should be made in writing and sent to Flintshire Council head of legal and democratic services, Gareth Owens, by March 20, quoting reference HT/T470281.

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