Cllrs push for speed limits near schools
Pair say 20 is plenty on surrounding roads
A Craigneuk councillor has called for 20 miles- perhour speed limits to be implemented on all streets immediately surrounding North Lanarkshire’s schools.
Agnes Magowan, right, the Motherwell South- East & Ravenscraig member, and her SNP colleague Allan Stubbs raised the issue at this week’s council meeting, requesting the installation of flashing signs to be operated at the start and end of the school day. Members voted 35- 27 against the immediate implementation of the scheme; but instead agreed to conduct a feasibility study on introducing the mandatory speed limits and report back to the council’s infrastructure committee.
Councillor Magowan said: “I feel very strongly about this – it’s crucial to cut speed near schools. The two issues where as a councillor I feel little influence are speeding and parking.
“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.” Councillor Stubbs told members about a school in his Coatbridge ward which is adjacent to a busy main road but where the pupil entrances are on adjacent side streets.
He said: “Policy dictates that signs are only put on streets with certain levels of traffic and where there’s an entrance to a school; this motion seeks to correct that.
“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.
“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.”
A majority of councillors instead supported an amendment from infrastructure convener Michael McPake who noted that he had also raised concerns about school road safety in his ward.
He proposed that the feasibility study be carried out and reported back to a future meeting of the infrastructure committee.