Have your say on speed limit plan

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Residents in the upper Calder Valley are being asked for their views on Calderdale Council’s plan to introduce 20mph limits in residential areas across the borough.

Constituents are being asked whether they want the authority to: continue with the current scheme of introducing two or more schemes each year in specific areas of Calderdale; introduce 20mph speed limits outside all Calderdale schools; or introduce 20mph speed limits in all residential areas across Calderdale.

Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Economy and Environment Coun Barry Collins said: “It’s really important that we take the views of local people into account when making a decision about the 20mph speed limits in Calderdale. Residents have expressed their concerns with speeding across Calderdale and introducing 20mph speed limits should help slow traffic down to reduce the number of casualties occurring on our roads.”

A council spokesperson said the authority’s Cabinet would prefer to introduce 20mph speed limits in all residential areas. They said if the 20mph speed limit was only introduced outside schools, it wouldn’t necessarily do the job as roads outside schools are only a small part of a child’s journey to and from school. “Introducing this limit across Calderdale should encourage more people to walk, run and cycle, whilst improving safety for all road users,” they added.

To part in the consultation go to a ward forum in December or January, or call in at a drop-in session from 3pm to 7pm on November 27 in Hebden Bridge Town Hall.