Inside the Council: Campaigners call for 20mph zones

Brighouse Road Safety Committee campaigning to have chicanes removed from stretch of road outside Withinfields Primary school, Southowram'Pictured with the petition from 200 local residents, (from left) are:- vice-chair, Pat Oates and chairperson,'Ann Rutherford
Brighouse Road Safety Committee campaigning to have chicanes removed from stretch of road outside Withinfields Primary school, Southowram'Pictured with the petition from 200 local residents, (from left) are:- vice-chair, Pat Oates and chairperson,'Ann Rutherford

We are very lucky in our area to have a dedicated group of people who work tirelessly to campaign for improved road safety alongside members of the public and councillors.

Brighouse Road Safety Committee is now calling for 20mph zones to be installed at all our Calderdale schools and they have the support of Brighouse and Rastrick Conservative councillors.

The 20mph zones may be unpopular for potentially increasing journey times, but my experience from the community forums I attend would tell me that the majority of parents, carers and residents who’ve experienced the school run for themselves will nonetheless still welcome any measures which increase the safety of students and other pedestrians alike. Clearly 20mph zones are no ‘cure-all’, and neither will they guarantee that everyone drives to that limit.

However, surely it’s important that we don’t avoid a partial solution, just because it’s not a complete solution?

There are of course other issues – around parking and lineage for instance – which we can continue to lobby to be improved too. And of course ultimately all of us who drive must take responsibility for our part in making our roads safer in the way we drive and respect the rules of the road.

Members of the Brighouse Road Safety Group will be discussing this campaign at their next meeting on August 5, at 7pm, at the new venue of the Brighouse Rest Centre, and anyone is welcome to attend.