Slowcoach limit defended

Wyre Day Service (formerly known as Larkholme) in Fleetwood. New day care and short stay services in Fylde and Wyre'(l-r): County Councillor Val Wilson, together with Jane Denny and Andrew Baxter, two people who will use the refurbished centre.

Wyre Day Service (formerly known as Larkholme) in Fleetwood. New day care and short stay services in Fylde and Wyre'(l-r): County Councillor Val Wilson, together with Jane Denny and Andrew Baxter, two people who will use the refurbished centre.

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GARSTANG’S county councillor has defended the controversial 20mph speed limits imposed on streets county-wide.

Motorists have hit out at the ‘slowcoach’ speed signs, and Garstang Town Council is to debate the concerns.

But County Coun Val Wilson has defended them.

Asked for her views she told The Courier: “Road safety, in particular the safety of children and young people, is one of the key priorities highlighted in the County Council’s Local Transport Plan, with the roll-out of 20mph speed limit areas as one of the major ways to manage the speed of drivers and riders to safer levels.

“In order to be successful and change driver attitude and behaviour, schemes need to be developed and implemented on an area wide basis where practicable and where road characteristics allow.”

She said proposals for the 20mph limit had been advertised from July to September 2011 – and only one objection received.

Coun Wilson said: “Since these were introduced in Lancashire, they have been adopted in other areas including Liverpool. Surely, if just one loss of life or serious injury to a child is prevented, it is well worth the effort.”

She added following feedback about inappropriate speeds on Birch Road, Garstang, speed surveys had been requested for completion in early February to see if there is a problem, and the to consider “appropriate intervention to address it”.

Last summer town councillors voiced surprise that the cash-strapped county, which has recently taken the decision to close Claughton household waste centre to save money, had the finance available to pay for the 20mph scheme.

This week, town mayor Lady Dulcie Atkins said: “I am in total agreement with a 20mph speed limit outside schools, hospitals and certain old people’s homes, otherwise I am opposed to them.”

Over Wyre’s county councillor, Coun Viv Taylor, has already hit out at some of the 20mph limits in her area.

l Have your say on the 20mph limits. You can attend the public forum session of Garstang town council on Monday, January 16, at 7.30pm (at the old council offices, High Street). Or write to, or email, the Courier.