9:11am Friday 4th October 2013
By Emma Rigby
THE SPEED limit on part of a Wincham road could be reduced as part of council plans to improve safety.
Cheshire West and Chester Council (CWAC) is proposing to introduce a 40mph ‘buffer’ zone on Linnards Lane before the 30mph signs at the entrance to the built up part of the village.
At present, the 30mph speed limit ends just after Keats Lane, where it becomes national speed limit, meaning vehicles travel at speeds up to 60mph in front of a row of properties and Home Farm.
It has been an issue that has cropped up in council discussions since March, when Home Farm owner Richard Fryer requested that the 30mph zone be extended to the end of the houses on Linnards Lane.
The road, which lacks proper pavement, is regularly used by schoolchildren on their way to Wincham Community Primary School.
Wincham Parish Council delighted that the speed limit is to be reduced, although councillors are both surprised and disappointed that the 30mph zone is not to be extended – which the Guardian understands is because the road does not meet the current Department for Transport guidance.
A spokesman for the parish council said: “This is clearly an area of dwellings and a route for school children to use to walk to the primary school.
"It is indeed more dangerous anyway for the children because there are no proper pavements and, especially in the muddy winter, when the daylight is also not so bright, the children are forced to walk on the road itself.”
Councillor Annie Makepeace reiterated her colleague’s concerns.
She said: “We have successfully campaigned to reduce the speed on the B5391 passed the school to 30mph, but in an area of the village where the road is particularly dangerous there is no clear signage.
“Many motorists are unaware they are speeding, sections have no footpath and are narrow.
“We have no evening bus service, and so people walk to and from the Red Lion in the dark.
“In the winter children are walked to and from school in the dark.
“CWAC has a duty of care for these residents.”
Highways will be inviting comments and observations on the proposal from October 16.
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