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20mph zones outside every school in Flintshire

Published date: 03 July 2014 |
Published by: David Humphreys
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APPROVAL has been granted for 20mph zones to be implemented outside all schools in the county.

The Welsh Government has signed off Flintshire Council’s programme to install advisory reduced speeds outside every primary and secondary school.

Work to put up the appropriate signage will begin in the next few days and is expected to be completed before the end of the school holidays in September.

The plan to introduce the speed limit cut was initially announced by Flintshire Council in September 2013 but has been hit with delays as Senedd officials ensured proposed signs were fit for use.

Providing each school with the signs is expected to cost the local authority £50,000. 

Currently 19 of 84 schools have had the speed limit implemented.

Deputy leader of Flintshire Council and cabinet member for environment, Cllr Bernie Attridge, has personally spearheaded the move.

He said: “I am pleased to announce that, following approval from Welsh Government, work can now commence on the installation of the 20mph signs.

“Delivering 20mph zones outside the county’s schools has been a priority for this administration and, once installed, the new arrangements will help improve road safety by making drivers more aware of the school location which will help ensure they reduce their speed accordingly.

“Clearly speed is a key factor in road safety and this is a major step forward in protecting the safety of our children.”

Cllr Attridge told a meeting of Flintshire Council’s cabinet in June that, despite a delay in proceedings, the authority remained committed to introducing the reduced speed limits.

A report put to councillors found  during 2013/14, the authority set a target of installing 20mph advisory zones outside 40 schools across the county. Initially it was thought only a further 25 schools were earmarked for speed limit completion during 2014/15.

Cllr Attridge said the advisory zones, once installed, would be assessed for 12 months to establish their effectiveness and to discover any problems that may arise.

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  1. Posted by: RolandCleth at 09:35 on 03 July 2014 Report

    Well, I suppose it's easier than actuaqlly teaching them road safety.

  2. Posted by: dukedom at 10:47 on 03 July 2014 Report

    Lets not be fooled. These signs are ADVISORY, so not enforceable by law. Those already in place at schools over last 5 years have not affected accident figures. How costly is this? Positive action better. A vote catcher? Must be a local election somewhere in next month!!

  3. Posted by: Flintshire Reader at 16:31 on 03 July 2014 Report

    It would be helpful if they put up the times of operation of the 20 mph limit - i.e Monday to Friday, 8am - 4pm. I was driving past Flint High on a Saturday when there was a go safe camera and I did not know whether to go at 20 mph or 30 mph.

  4. Posted by: Common sense at 22:17 on 03 July 2014 Report

    It would be good to see the hilariously named go safe vans outside the school during actual school hours,rather than a Saturday when drivers know there's no school,easy pickings. Kerching!

  5. Posted by: Hen ddraig at 11:04 on 05 July 2014 Report

    Another 50k wasted on an unenforceable gimmick by an authority which can't manage to stop idiot parents from parking on the pavement outside my local school, a practice which is not only dangerous but illegal.

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