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Slower Pace For A Better Place In Newtown

Borough of Poole is proposing to extend the existing 20mph speed limit area in Newtown, in response to campaigning by local residents, to help improve the safety and quality of life for the people who live there. 

In February 2012 a 20mph speed limit was introduced in the roads immediately around Branksome Heath Junior and Sylvan Infant schools as part of the council's safety outside schools programme. This zone was in addition to the larger 20mph zone which has existed in Upper Parkstone for some time. It left a number of residential roads in the surrounding Newtown area where the 30mph limit remains in force. The council has received repeated requests over the last two years for this remaining area to be addressed, including a petition.

The Department for Transport has just issued new, simplified guidance for introducing 20mph speed limits. Now councils can introduce 20mph speed limits, without the need for physical measures such as chicanes or humps.

In Newtown there are no plans to use these physical measures. Instead signs will be used at entry points into the 20mph speed limit area, together with ‘roundels’ or circles painted on the road surface at roughly 80m intervals. 

Councillor Xena Dion, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for a Prosperous and Sustainable Poole, Borough of Poole, said: "We have worked hard to secure funding to respond to this request from the local community in Newtown to extend the 20mph zones. This is designed to help make streets in densely residential areas safer, quieter, cleaner and more pedestrian friendly. If the Newtown scheme is successful, we will look to roll out similar schemes across appropriate areas in the borough in the future."

Ward Councillors welcomed the new guidance. Councillor Brian Clements, Ward Member for Newtown, Borough of Poole, said: "The success or effectiveness of the 20mph speed limit will depend on drivers observing it, but it is widely acknowledged that reducing the speed limit promotes safer and more considerate driving. The new Government guidance means we can extend the existing 20mph limits over a wider area. Newtown residents have campaigned with us over a number of years to achieve this.”

People can share their views about the existing speed limits in Newtown and how they feel about road safety whether they walk, cycle or drive in the area via an on-line feedback form at www.boroughofpoole.com/roadsafety.

Leaflets will also be available in Rossmore Library, Branksome Heath Junior School, Sylvan Infant School and the local Children’s Centres.