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Support is shown for school speed petition

LABOUR’S campaigning team took to the streets at the weekend, calling for a 20mph speed limit to be introduced outside all the borough’s schools.

LABOUR’S campaigning team took to the streets at the weekend, calling for a 20mph speed limit to be introduced outside all the borough’s schools.

Ed Williams and Sarah Merrill visited the town centre and asked shoppers to sign their petition.

According to a survey of local people, recently conducted by the party, 90 per cent of residents support the idea of reducing the speed limit outside schools.

Mr Williams, Labour’s prospective MP for Meriden, said: “Our survey over the summer has shown overwhelming support for safety zones around schools.

“On Saturday, we were delighted with the support we were getting from people across the borough. I call upon Solihull Council to extend the 20mph zones to all schools to make a safer environment for all our children.”

And Ms Merrill, Labour’s prospective MP for Solihull, said: “ I want children, mums and dads to be able to make the journey to school without the risk from the thoughtless minority of speeding drivers.”

The possibility of slashing speed limits outside schools was first raised by former Road Safety Minister David Jamieson in April.

At the time, Coun Ted Richards, cabinet member for transport and highways, said that the council would look at the issue, but added that Solihull already had a very good record for the road safety of children.

 

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