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Waterloo and Seaforth speed limit victory as council agree 20 is plenty

CAMPAIGNERS have welcomed a move by Sefton Council to recommend a new 20mph speed limit across large areas of Waterloo and Seaforth.

Over 3,500 consultation packs were sent out to residents in September and October asking them if they were in favour of the new road restrictions, which will affect 68 streets in the vicinity of Sandringham Road, Seaforth Road and Park Road

Of 775 returned questionnaires, an overwhelming 89% of people said they wanted the lower speed limit.

As a result council officials will recommend that the proposal is given the green light at a meeting held tonight (Thursday) at Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre.

The total cost for the new scheme is £14,386 with funding coming from Local Transport Plan and Local Safety Schemes Capital Programme budgets.

Road safety campaigners Dan Kenyon and Laurence Rankin of the 20 is Plenty For Us group, which has been calling for lower speed limits in Sefton, said: “We're delighted to learn that Sefton Council has agreed to implement a 20mph residential speed limit throughout the borough and secured independent funding for it in these straitened times.

“What with the reduction of speed on the Formby by-pass to 60mph and the restoration of part of the by-pass cycle path finally going ahead, we'd like to congratulate Sefton councillors from all parties who have acted so quickly to make this happen.

“We look forward now to Sefton rolling out the 20mph limit at the same time as Liverpool City Council and West Lancs Borough Council and becoming a safer place to walk and cycle by the end of 2014 at the latest.”

Mr Kenyon was joined in his campaign by Ursuline Primary School headteacher Mark McQueen, who also welcomed the news.

Mr McQueen said: "There are lots of primary schools and nurseries around this area of Crosby. School run times can see the area get quite busy on the roads.

"We would obviously like parents to feel safer either walking to school with their children or cycling.

"At Ursuline Primary, we are running our annual Cycle to School Week campaign and we are seeing more people taking part now than ever, which shows how popular cycling is now becoming."

The proposals also got the backing of Merseyside Police who said the restrictions would make both Waterloo and Seaforth safer.

Chief Inspector John Hogan, the head of Merseyside Police's Roads Policing Department, said: "We will be monitoring the areas piloting the 20mph speed limit and will enforce that limit based on data showing a rise in people killed or seriously injured on those roads or if there are community concerns about road safety.

"We welcome any reduction in speed which may drive down the number of people killed or seriously injured on our roads.”

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