Calls to extend 20mph zone around Page Park

October 27 2017

A SCHEME to curb driving speeds around Page Park to 20mph could be extended after demands from residents.

A SCHEME to curb driving speeds around Page Park to 20mph could be extended after demands from residents.

South Gloucestershire Council has already been consulting over proposals to remove the 30 mph speed limit and introduce a 20mph zone in South View, Haythorn Court and the parts of Park Road and Hill House Road which surround the park. 

Now the authority is looking to extend this to the rest of Park Road, Chesterfield Road, North View, Mayflower Court, Hazelwood Close and Hill House Road, northwards as far as Burley Avenue.

The council says a reduced speed limit will improve road safety for vulnerable road users as well as making walking and cycling to Page Park more attractive. A consultation with residents, traders and interested parties was carried out earlier this summer, with 72 per cent of people who responded favouring the introduction of  20mph.

A total of 48 per cent of people said they would like to see the zone made bigger, with 34 per cent believing it was about right and 18 per cent wanting the zone made smaller.

Many people said the whole stretch of Park Road needed to be made a 20mph zone.

One resident told the council: "The new speed limit needs to be the entire length of the Park Road. There have been several accidents over the years in the stretch of road where 20mph is proposed. The 20 into 30 will only encourage cars to speed up into a pinch point at the top of the hill by North View. Cars already use this part of the road as a racetrack."

One Park Road resident called for more drastic action: "The speed at which cars drive past our house at all times of day is too fast. We have had incidences of cars hitting parked vehicles and clipping wing mirrors of parked vehicles. In 2015 a driver crashed into the car and front garden of a neighbour at the bottom of the road, she was driving in excess of 70mph! 

"I am not comfortable with the road's overall safety when both walking to school or to the park with my children. I would also welcome other traffic calming solutions. Sleeping policemen, curb extensions, chicanes, speed cushions, two way calming measures."

But others said they felt the scheme was unnecessary and a waste of money. One consultee said: "This appears to me to be bureaucracy gone bonkers. Where has the need for this come from? Have there been a lot of accidents in the immediate area? I haven't heard of any. People use this park all the time, and have done so for many years without anyone deciding we need the speed limit reduced on roads that aren't long enough for someone to get up that amount of speed anyway."

Following the concerns in the first consultation, the council is running a further 'mini' consultation until October 28.

The scheme is being supported by Friends of Page Park who say that, with the improvements being carried out in the park, it is more important than ever that the area is made as safe as possible for visitors.

Subject to comments received at consultation and public advertisement stages, the proposals will be introduced during 2018.