Petition backs campaign to reduce speed limit to 20mph on Wells Road in Bath
Residents living along Wells Road in Bath are campaigning for a lower speed limit.
Widcombe councillors Ben Stevens and Ian Gilchrist used Community Speedwatch speed gun equipment to monitor the speed of vehicles travelling up the A367 road.
Although only four per cent of drivers were doing in excess of 35 miles per hour, residents say the limit needs to be reduced from 30 to 20mph.
They have collected a petition that has now gone to B&NES Council, which is rolling out a programme of lower limits across the district.
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Mr Stevens said: "We need to work to ensure that speeds on the Wells Road are reduced, especially as it is close to two large schools.
"The council received a large petition from residents along Wells Road to reduce the speed along here to 20mph, which will be reviewed as part of the 20mph roll-out.
"The aim of Community Speed Watch is to slowly change people's behaviours so that they learn to drive within the speed limit. Offenders will receive a letter from the police letting them know that they were spotted."
He said police had confirmed that the 20mph areas were enforceable, but there was still some discussion about whether or not Community Speedwatch groups – made up of trained volunteers – will be allowed to monitor 20mph areas.
More of Bath city centre and areas in Larkhall are being looked at by the authority.
Council chiefs want to bring in a blanket limit on non-A roads as they progress a £500,000 programme aimed at cutting road injuries.
Many smaller streets in the centre, including Walcot Street, are already covered by a 20mph zone.
A council spokesman said: "We welcome any representations from people with ideas on how to improve road safety in the district. The suggestion for Wells Road will be considered as part of the consultation on 20mph limit.
"The public engagement on any speed limit changes must be done in consultation with the police as they are the ones who do the enforcing."