Pupils in Holywell plead for new speed limit

Published date: 03 April 2014 |
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RESIDENTS have called for reduced speed restrictions on a road crossed by children to get to school.

A public meeting at St Peter’s Church, Holywell, was called by Holywell and District Transition group after mother-of-three Anke Kadelka-Williams launched a  campaign to get something done.

Flintshire Council officers attended to hear concerns about the speed limit on the A5026 in the town, as residents call to see the 40mph limit cut to 30mph.

Two of Mrs Kadelka-Williams’ children spoke of their concerns.

Holywell High pupil Lowri, 12, said: “I have to cross the road every day. It’s clear some vehicles are going more than 40mph.

“It’s a blind bend where I have to cross which makes it even harder to see what’s coming.”

Her 10-year-old sister Mabli said: “In September I will be starting at Holywell High School too and will be crossing the road with Lowri. I’m excited but would be even happier if the cars could go a little bit slower.”

The girls invited Neal Cockerton, head of transport at Flintshire Council, to see the road from their point of view. He said due to current speed limit being enforced from a 2012 review, he could not commit to lowering it. But he agreed to cross the road with residents at a later date so they could highlight concerns.

The campaign is backed by more than 300 residents.

Graham Thomas, whose son is severely disabled, spoke of the dangers of trying to cross the road with a powered wheelchair.

“By the time we’ve started to cross another car has come,” he said.

Holywell councillor Ed Watkinson said: “I can’t think of many other towns that have a 40mph speed limit in a residential area, it’s ludicrous.

“The park, the children’s play park, surgery, sports hall, and two schools are all on one side of the road so everyone living on the other side has to cross this road to use the local facilities.”

Holywell High School chairman of governors Colin Lindsay described the safety of children as being of paramount importance.

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