Councillors call for new speed restrictions on Burntwood street

Councillors have called for a 20mph speed limit to be introduced on a Burntwood road.

Residents on Princess Street in Chase Terrace have complained on a number of occasions about speeding and parking issues, leading to meetings in an attempt to resolve the issues.

Cllr Sue Woodward

Cllr Sue Woodward

As a result, Labour councillors Sue Woodward and Eric Drinkwater have asked for a reduced speed limit to be introduced as well as signs reminding drivers to slow down.

“When I was elected to the County Council last year, I promised to make traffic management in Princess Street a priority as for years it has been a source of real concern and tension,” said Cllr Woodward.

“Although the changes we are now looking at are relatively minor, the promise has been honoured and everyone has had several chances chance to have their say.

“Once residents started coming forward with possible ways forward and then weighing up the effects, I think most people realised there are no easy solutions which don’t bring an adverse impact on other neighbours in the street. In fact, of the four options put forward, the ‘do nothing’ option got most votes by a small margin.”

Cllr Eric Drinkwater

Cllr Eric Drinkwater

The councillors are also suggesting parking restrictions on one section of the road where there is a blind bend.

Cllr Drinkwater added: “We have talked to residents and listened carefully to what they say. We believe that these small but important changes, especially the 20mph zone and new signs, should help.

“In the end, there is no point in imposing solutions from a desk in Stafford or Lichfield – it’s the people who live in the street who know best and we hope they feel that this has had a good airing.

“The sad fact is, though, that too many people drive and park without enough consideration for others and we hope too that the parking enforcement officers and police will be more proactive in this area.”

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1 Comment

  1. johnthemon

    25th August, 2014 at 11:07 am

    Until all motor vehicles are fitted with automatic governors that automatically click in when a vehicle comes to a designated area we will still have to rely on drivers to be responsible and considerate, which is a tall order to ask of some I am sorry to say, I wish those concerned the very best in trying with what is available.