Calderdale Council’s Cabinet agreed to roll out 20mph speed limits across residential areas in the district over the next three years.
The move will see all current 30mph zones in built up areas of Calderdale become 20mph in a move which councillors say will reduce the number of deaths and serious injuries on our roads.
The measures were proposed after figures showed children are almost twice as likely to be killed or seriously injured on roads in Calderdale than the national average.
A consultation with 1,200 residents found that over 80 per cent of people support measures to curb speed limits. However, less that 50 per cent support a district-wide reduction.
Barry Collins, deputy council leader, said: “Calderdale will be the first council in West Yorkshire to introduce a council-wide 20mph speed limit in residential areas.”
Conservative members of the council have called for further consultation before the plans are rolled out.
Councillor Scott Benton said: “Less than one per cent of residents took part in the consultation, and we simply do not believe the council has the legitimacy to introduce this policy given apparent lack of support from the public.”
Councillor Simon Young (Lab, Luddenden Foot) said he was disappointed by the Conservatives’ ‘negative’ response to the proposals.
Liberal Democrat councillors want clarification over areas covered by the scheme.