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Residents have until February 9 deadline to report speed limit concerns

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: January 29, 2014

By Chris Hall

COUNCILLOR'S CALL: Marianne Overton wants residents to report their concerns about speed limits.

COUNCILLOR'S CALL: Marianne Overton wants residents to report their concerns about speed limits.

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A leading councillor has urged Lincolnshire villagers to report their concerns about speeding traffic to a county council team.

Marianne Overton is a member of the authority's speed limit policy review task group and leader of the Lincolnshire County Council Independents.

She called for more people to join the consultation process before the deadline of Sunday, February 9, after which a report will be compiled.

And Councillor Overton claimed the review was timely because the task group met the day after two 11-year-old girls were seriously injured in a collision at Thurlby near Bourne - and on the day of a four-car pile-up at the same location.

Ironically, the county council had already agreed to reduce the limit through the village by 20mph in February following a campaign led by Thurlby Parish Council.

"Speed limits are very contentious as residents clamour for better safety in their villages and a better quality of life. In seconds, a young life can be damaged or snuffed out, leaving families devastated," she said.

"A car driving through can feel quite safe and see no problem. However, you start to see a different picture when you get out of your vehicle and do the things that residents do.

"Try reversing into a drive against a fast flow of two-way traffic in the rush hour - or pulling out to cross the footpath and traffic from a steep, leafy drive.

"Or try pushing a double buggy and hold the hand of a fractious toddler whilst negotiating a broken pavement, with lorries rushing by at 40mph.

"Since people are living longer and more in their own home, there are more vulnerable residents who drive and who walk, or would like to walk in our villages, if they could feel safe enough.

"The conflict between local people going about their village activities and passing through-traffic has increased with the volume of traffic.

"And we can see this traffic increase is likely to continue in the long term, despite everyone's efforts."

Join the consultation on http://www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/OrganisationDetails.aspx?orgcode=1010636

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