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Residents sign up to speed cuts in Battenhall

Worcester Editorial 17th Apr, 2014 Updated: 19th Oct, 2016

A GREEN party campaigner is hoping to get road speeds in parts of Battenhall reduced after submitting a petition of support to the County Council.

Louis Stephen handed the 167 signature document, which calls for five roads in the area to be brought down from 30 miles per hour to 20 miles per hour, into County Hall last Thursday (April 10).

The roads which are being tabled for change include The Hill Avenue, St Dunstan’s Crescent, Foxwell Street, Canon Street and Livingstone Street, with 98 per cent of residents at those addresses being in favour.

Battenhall Road and Camphill Avenue are already 20 miles per hour and Mr Stephen said he was hoping to bring the other streets in line with those.

“It’s been a universal decision, some residents actually came to me asking for something to be done,” he said.

“Many supported the speed reduction in order to reduce road noise and make their roads safer for pedestrians, cyclists and school children walking to school.”

The Green Party is proposing low-cost 20 miles per hour signs on the entrance to the streets, rather than shelling out money on additional speed bumps.

“The main roads coming to Worcester should absolutely be 30 miles per hour but little side roads like these one shouldn’t, they should be 20,” he added.

“We have been talking to residents all year round and they have been telling us this problem for many months so it’s good to get something in writing and hopefully force the issue.”

A spokesperson for Worcestershire County Council said: “We have received a petition calling for reduced speeds in the Battenhall area.

“The County Council takes road safety very seriously and is always keen to hear from residents and listen to their views.  The suggestions in this petition will be carefully considered and we will reply directly to the petitioner, Louis Stephen.”

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