Cllrs push for speed lim­its near schools

Pair say 20 is plenty on sur­round­ing roads

Wishaw Press - - FRONT PAGE - Ju­dith Ton­ner

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.

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