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Cut speed limit on road near Halkyn 'before child is killed'

Published date: 19 March 2014 |
Published by: Owen Evans 
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FEARS have been raised that a child could be killed if cars do not slow down outside a school.

Halkyn councillor Colin Legg said speeding cars on the B5123 between Halkyn and Rhosesmor were a danger, especially to children at Rhos Helyg Primary School, which is on the road.

The councillor has called for the speed limit to be reduced from 40mph to 30mph – to help pave the way for a 20mph speed limit for the stretch outside the school.

Cllr Legg said: “It is very, very dangerous and we have been going on about this for probably about eight years.

“It is a very serious issue for the community.

“I expect one of these days there’s going to be a death on this road and I fear it might be a child.”

Flintshire Council are undertaking a review of the speed limits on the B5123 and Cllr Legg said he hoped they would implement changes.

According to plans released by the council in 2012, a section of the road which has a 40mph speed limit is being considered for a 30mph limit.

It would run between the Red Lion pub in Rhosesmor and the Church of St Mary the Virgin in Halkyn – meaning the limit would also be reduced outside the school.

A very small section of the road has a 60mph limit and this  is being considered for a reduction to 40mph.

When details of the review were released, a report said a reduction should be considered because of “the number of properties and a high risk of animals in the road”.

Cllr Legg said: “Hopefully they will be looking at that and hopefully they’re going to change the speed limit down to 30mph.

“There are one or two people who live close to the school who find it very dangerous to even leave their houses.

“There is a whole section of road without a pavement at all.

“We’re urging children to cycle or walk to school but we can’t ask them to go on that road.

“The police are very well aware of this and when they are outside the school, the traffic is very demure. But when they’re not, there they go past again at speed.”

Last year, councillors announced plans to introduce 20mph speed limit zones outside every school in the county. Cllr Legg expressed hope that this would be implemented outside Rhos Helyg County Primary School soon.

Neal Cockerton, the council’s head of assets and transportation, said: “The council's county-wide speed limit review identified a 30mph limit as being suitable for the B5123 between Halkyn and Rhosesmor.

“If implemented, the new 30mph speed limit would then qualify the site for inclusion in this year's 20mph advisory speed limit programme.

“Options to improve the footpath along this stretch of road are being investigated to determine if a suitable scheme could be put forward in a bid for Welsh Government funding.”

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  1. Posted by: kevinweston4 at 21:00 on 19 March 2014 Report

    Sounds like a good spot for a van with a camera, instead of providing red flags for those who obey the limit. The pavement is a " no brainer". In the meantime what does " head of assets and transportation" entail. Hopefully they will get the cash from the Minister for Pavements in Cardiff.

  2. Posted by: kevinweston4 at 21:13 on 19 March 2014 Report

    The sheep are not going to be happy with 20, 30 or 40 mph signs. Perhaps a few cattle signs, a few people crossing points and a pavement from Cardiff. How many incidents have taken place? Correct road markings with double lines and correct spacing between broken lines would help throughout Flintshire.

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