Six House Bank, West Pinchbeck: Residents step up their fight to extend 30mph speed limit
A campaign to extend a new 30mph limit throughout the whole of Six House Bank, in West Pinchbeck, has been given an extra push.
We reported in October, how residents were celebrating after the speed limit was lowered from 40mph along a stretch of the road. But they asked why the limit was not extended to cover the whole length from Bourne Road to Northgate.
And after residents voiced their concerns, the matter was raised at the latest meeting of Pinchbeck Parish Council. Now councillors have agreed to write to Lincolnshire County Council to ask for the speed limit, which currently covers two-thirds of the road, to be extended to the junction with the A151.
It had been almost two years since the original petition, organised by seven residents, was handed to the parish council, which supported lowering the 40mph limit.
Derek Jackson, who heads up the resident-run Six House Bank Speed Awareness Group, cited a report in this paper, whereby a similar issue was being looked at in Gedney Drove End. There, the county council is looking at extending the existing 40mph zone along Marsh Road, after a request from a member of the public.
Mr Jackson said: "We had 220 people sign our original petition and we are asking if they can extend the 30mph limit. It is on the school run. A lot of parents go down there with their children and there is only a footpath on one side of the road. Parents sometimes have buggies and children who walk with them. The worry is that the children could run into the road with the traffic going at 40mph. It is not a question of 'if', it is 'when.' If there is an accident it would be a disaster."
He explained that, also in the 40mph zone, are houses, the church and the village hall. At the back of the church is a caravan and camping club site.
Pinchbeck Parish Councillor and the village's Community Speed Watch Coordinator, Terry Moore, is among those supporting the residents.
"We are setting up a highways committee to look at speed in Pinchbeck and the volume of traffic over the next five years," Coun Moore added.
Jeanne Gibson, programme leader for Lincolnshire County Council, minor works and traffic, said: "This request will be investigated in due course to determine whether or not it meets the criteria set out in our speed limit policy.
"If a further extension of the 30mph speed limit here can be justified, the necessary speed limit order will be progressed."