Councillors have approved proposals to cut speed limits by as much as half in roads around borough villages.
The majority of the 32 roads reviewed in Tidbury Green, Cheswick Green and Hockley Heath will have road speeds reduced by a third, from 60mph to 40mph, after last week’s Transport and Highways committee approved the changes.
But areas such as Tilehouse Lane, Wood Lane and Dyers Lane will see their limits halved to 30mph.
Councillor Ted Richards, cabinet member for transport and highways, said: “This sends out the right message to motorists. We are responsible for people to drive at safe speeds in our roads.”
Thirty locals objected during the consultation on speed limits while 17 supported the proposals. One resident said: “I totally object to the proposed changes and will vehemently oppose this needless change.” Another added: “Don’t waste our money on these schemes, spend it on educating drivers on how to drive properly.”
However, some responses backed the proposals. There was a welcome for the 40mph limit in Lady Lane, The Common and Norton Lane inEarlswood, with one resident saying the area was well-used by children and cyclists.
Coun Ken Rushen (Lib Dem, Lyndon) welcomed the proposals, saying: “I’m always for making roads safer.
“Adding up all the responses, they seem to say ‘I don’t need the law to tell me how fast I should be driving’.”
A further 17 comments were received supporting part of the proposals, and many suggested their own speed limits, as well as a 103 signature petition by Cottage Farm Stables, requesting Illshaw Heath Road be reduced to 30mph.
Committee members voted to approve 31 of the 32 proposals.
Only Dickens Heath Road, which had a suggested increase in speed from 30mph to 40mph, was not taken up.