Inside the Council: Tackling road safety

PC Nick Bamforth with children from Baiif Bridge Primary School check traffic speeds in Huddersfield Road.
PC Nick Bamforth with children from Baiif Bridge Primary School check traffic speeds in Huddersfield Road.

How we tackle road safety and speeding traffic is a great example of the challenge ahead – as many stories in the Brighouse Echo show! Regular SID readings from across the district show far too many places where drivers exceed 30mph. No wonder our highways department has a list of more than 150 locations where people want to ‘see something done’!

But the Council’s in the middle of cutting 40 per cent of spending. We can’t simply promise to ‘do everything’. So on Monday, we asked people from the Council, police, health, fire and local neighbourhoods to join an ‘Open Space’ discussion to talk about different ways of making our streets safer.

Should we adopt wide-ranging 20mph limits across residential areas? Are there better ways of educating and encouraging drivers to lower speeds? How can we help the police enforce limits more effectively when their staffing too is under pressure? Should we focus more attention on creating safe walking and cycling routes?

This is only the start of the debate. I know from the press and from the many questions at Cabinet that it’s something people in Brighouse are really passionate about – I’m sure you will all want to have your say.