Au­thor­ity crit­i­cised for ‘com­plete lack of mo­men­tum’ over in­tro­duc­tion of slower city speed limit.

ROADS: Coun­cil­lor says lo­cal au­thor­ity should take ac­tion and that 20mph is plenty on the streets of Dundee

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De­spite a good rate of re­sponse, the coun­cil’s proac­tive re­sponse has been lim­ited to one trial. COUN­CIL­LOR FRASER MACPHER­SON

West End coun­cil­lor Fraser Macpher­son has said the lo­cal au­thor­ity has not been quick enough to in­tro­duce slower speed lim­its across Dundee.

The Lib­eral Demo­crat coun­cil­lor has en­cour­aged peo­ple to make their views known on the Scot­tish Govern­ment’s Safer Streets Bill by Jan­uary 28.

The Bill, in­tro­duced by Green MSP for Mid-Scot­land and Fife Mark Ruskell, seeks to re­duce the 30mph speed limit on re­stricted roads to 20mph across Scot­land.

Dundee City Coun­cil re­duced the speed limit on John­ston Av­enue and The Glens last May as part of a 12-month trial.

Mr Macpher­son feels the lo­cal au­thor­ity has shown a “com­plete lack of mo­men­tum” on tak­ing fur­ther ac­tion.

He said a de­fault re­duc­tion to 20mph may be the only way to get “safer speed lim­its” on ur­ban roads.

He said: “Ed­in­burgh Coun­cil is now in­tro­duc­ing 20mph zones over wide ar­eas of res­i­den­tial streets, and Glas­gow City Coun­cil is also mov­ing this road­safety mea­sure for­ward too.

“Dundee should not be be­hind the curve.”

Mr Macpher­son man­aged to get a pro­posal through Dundee City Coun­cil for pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion in Fe­bru­ary 2015, af­ter a failed at­tempt in June 2014.

That con­sul­ta­tion re­ceived nearly 1,000 re­sponses, with 56% of par­tic­i­pants in favour of 20mph lim­its.

He added: “De­spite a good rate of re­sponse, the coun­cil’s proac­tive re­sponse has been lim­ited to one trial.

“Whilst that scheme is to be wel­comed, the coun­cil’s re­sponse other than this has been non-ex­is­tent... the coun­cil is sim­ply not grasp­ing the nettle on the is­sue of safer speed lim­its at ap­pro­pri­ate lo­ca­tions.”

The coun­cil­lor has been told by the lo­cal au­thor­ity data that will be used to ar­range more ob­ser­va­tions.

“The sort of lo­ca­tions I feel slower speeds may be ap­pro­pri­ate are nar­row streets in highly res­i­den­tial ar­eas,” said Mr Macpher­son.

A Dundee City Coun­cil spokesman said: “In 2016 the coun­cil car­ried out an ex­ten­sive sur­vey.

“The con­sul­ta­tion asked ‘are you in favour of im­ple­ment­ing a 20mph speed limit in gen­eral, in your area and in your street?’

“In an­swer to the first ques­tion, 51.3% of re­spon­dents said ‘yes’, while 55.7% an­swered the same way to the sec­ond.

“The third ques­tion re­ceived the most pos­i­tive re­sponse, with 56.1% say­ing yes.

“In re­sponse to the find­ings, a 20mph zone in John­ston Av­enue and The Glens was in­tro­duced for a year-long trial in May 2018.

“It will help the coun­cil to find out more about how to bal­ance res­i­dents’ re­sponses with the need to keep the city safely on the move as ef­fec­tively and ef­fi­ciently as pos­si­ble.”

Pic­ture: Kris Miller.

A 20mph speed limit in The Glens has seen a gen­er­ally pos­i­tive re­ac­tion from res­i­dents.

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