Coun­cil urged to cut speed around schools

Plea for new 20mph zones

Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser - - Motoring - Ju­dith Ton­ner

A Coat­bridge coun­cil­lor is call­ing for 20mph speed lim­its to be im­ple­mented in all streets im­me­di­ately sur­round­ing North La­nark­shire’s schools.

Coat­bridge North mem­ber Al­lan Stubbs raised the is­sue at this week’s coun­cil meet­ing af­ter wit­ness­ing the vol­ume and speed of traf­fic en­coun­tered by pupils at the Green­hill and Drumpark pri­maries cam­pus, near Dun­beth Road.

Mem­bers voted 35-27 against the im­me­di­ate im­ple­men­ta­tion of the scheme but in­stead agreed to con­duct a fea­si­bil­ity study on in­tro­duc­ing the lower speed lim­its and re­port back to the coun­cil’s in­fra­struc­ture com­mit­tee.

Speak­ing about the Green­hill and Drumpark cam­pus, Coun­cil­lor Stubbs told mem­bers: “The main road there is Dun­beth Road, which is one of the busiest in Coat­bridge.

“Pol­icy dic­tates that signs are only put on streets with cer­tain lev­els of traf­fic and where there’s an en­trance to a school but Dun­beth Road doesn’t have a school en­trance and traf­fic won’t get up to that speed at the side roads with the en­trances; Al­bert Street and Colt Ter­race.

“This mo­tion seeks to cor­rect that pol­icy. It could save a child’s life on roads round schools and I’d ask that this sim­ple step of in­stalling flash­ing signs for driv­ers ap­proach­ing schools be taken.”

He added: “We don’t need a fea­si­bil­ity study.

“Th­ese are signs we al­ready have in place, and there’s a dis­par­ity that schools which have them are safer than those which don’t.

“We al­ready know how much it costs, and we shouldn’t put a price on chil­dren’s safety.”

Coun­cil­lor S t u b b s’ re­quest for the in­stal­la­tion of flash­ing speed limit signs – to be op­er­ated at the start and end of the school day – was sec­onded by Agnes Magowan, who said: “I feel very strongly about this. It’s cru­cial to cut speed near schools.

“Ve­hi­cle- ac­ti­vated signs are use­ful in chang­ing driver be­hav­iour and at 20mph there are air qual­ity im­prove­ments, noise pol­lu­tion goes down and traf­fic vol­umes de­crease.”

How­ever, a maj o r i t y of coun­cil­lors in­stead sup­ported an amend­ment from in­fra­struc­ture con­vener Michael McPake, call­ing for the study to be car­ried out and re­ported back to a fu­ture meet­ing of that com­mit­tee.

The Glen­boig mem­ber pre­vi­ously rep­re­sented Coat­bridge North, which in­cludes Green­hill and Drumpark, and said he had also raised con­cerns around the area.

Busy Dun­beth Road in Coat­bridge is now a con­cern for Coun­cil­lor Al­lan Stubbs (inset)

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