Speeding ahead with campaign

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More than 15,000 surveys have been delivered to residents in Calderdale in connection with 20mph zones around schools.

The surveys are being delivered by the Conservative councillors regarding the possible introduction of the speed limits around all schools in the Calderdale area.

Brighouse councillor Scott Benton (Con) said: “We are in the process of delivering over 15,000 surveys to local residents in areas near local schools.”

He said the early signs are that the public are overwhelmingly in favour of the proposals.

“It is still early days,” he said. “There are survey forms still to deliver and I am sure many more will be returned, before we will have the full picture, but the signs are encouraging.

“We need to look seriously at making our roads safer.”

Campaigner Andrew Tagg added: “When we have discussed this issue at school gates, parents have welcomed our ideas.”

On Monday Calderdale Council’s Cabinet will discuss the introduction of 20mph limits across the borough. The preferred option for Cabinet is to make 20mph the default speed limit in built-up areas throughout the borough, with signage directing where other speeds are applied.

However, the proposed consultation would also cover two alternative options – to continue with the current programme of two local 20mph schemes a year, or to simply introduce 20mph limits outside all schools.