5th February 2015
Before Christmas, I conducted a public consultation on speed limits in housing estates and asked for people to get in touch with me if they have speeding problems in their areas. Problematic estates were to be nominated to take part in a speed reduction pilot programme, conducted by WCC. This programme seeks to identify what impact, if any, reducing the speed limit to 30km/hr and improving signage has on the speeding problems in estates.
I had a great response to this consultation, with more than 20 estates being nominated. Unfortunately, I could only nominate a small number of estates, so I came up with a short list based on the the number of people recommending a particular estate, the size of the estate, if there were many young children in the estate and if issues of speeding had previously been raised with either myself or Stephen Donnelly. It was also a requirement that estates had to have been taken in charge by the Council.
At the last Greystones Municipal District, I nominated the following estates to be part of the programme:
I’m delighted to say that all my nominations were approved. Seacourt in Newcastle and Bramble Corner in Kilcoole are also to take part in the pilot.
I also asked that the Council look to using additional tools such as enforcement and real time speed signs as part of the pilot, to ensure that the programme is a success and makes these problem estates safer for children and other pedestrians.