24th Sep, 2018

Till Hill residents demand 20mph zone to ensure safer community

Felix Nobes 5th Jun, 2018 Updated: 5th Jun, 2018

TILE HILL residents are demanding a 20mph zone to ensure a safer community for young and old.

A petition with 314 signatures to Coventry City Council requests a speed limit be introduced for roads in the Tile Hill village area.

It also calls for traffic calming measures and a pedestrian crossing to make the area safer for children to play and people to travel.

A council officer’s report addressed to Jayne Innes, cabinet member for city services, states roads where there have been more than six personal injury accidents reported to the police in three years are considered for the 20mph speed limit and traffic calming measures.

Woodlands councillor David Skinner submitted the petition outlining measures for Station Avenue, Cromwell Lane, Tanners Lane and Duggins Lane.

But a traffic management officer is seeking councillor Innes’ approval to reject the petition, due to there only being five incidents in the area.

The officer adds there may be future opportunities for traffic calming measures in the area paid for by housing developers, should they receive planning permission.

In 2014, Coun Innes committed to the aspiration of Coventry becoming a 20mph city to reduce accidents.

However, it was noted that not all city roads are suitable for a 20mph zone and such speed limits do not necessarily prevent accidents.

The campaigning Tile Hill residents say reduced speed limits would allow children to feel more safe playing outside or getting around by walking or cycling.

They say this would also minimise health risks associated with inactivity – such as obesity.

Despite the petition’s recommendations, the report states: “Traffic calming and improvements to signalised junctions as part of the planning process will contribute to the council’s aims of ensuring citizens, especially children and young people, are safe and the objective of working for better pavements, streets and roads.”

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