Hertfordshire County Council plans 20mph restrictions in south-east quadrant of Sawbridgeworth
Residents in Sawbridgeworth are being asked for their views on plans for a wide-ranging zone of traffic-calming measures, including 20mph restrictions.
The restrictions would apply to the south-east quadrant from the town centre area, including Bell Street and Knight Street, to Kingsmead and Norton Road.
Town councillor Eric Buckmaster has put forward the proposals in his role as deputy executive member for highways and environment for Hertfordshire County Council.
He told the Indie an initial consultation process was being held with residents in the area affected.
“Many of the comments I receive from residents concern people driving too fast for the local conditions, inappropriate parking on pavements and driving on pavements where carriageway width is perceived to be narrow, especially on Vantorts Road,” said Cllr Buckmaster.
“Most of the time all that is required is to slow down. This quadrant of Sawbridgeworth taking in Knight Street, Bell Street and all of the Vantorts area has the highest footfall containing the main shopping areas, school, nurseries, community halls, church, sports clubs, town council, library and other amenities.”
Cllr Buckmaster said speed and volume studies undertaken indicated the appropriate speeds for the area could be lower.
He added: “In the new circumstances in which we find ourselves, it is important that people feel there’s space in which to move around in the town centre. If the responses from residents to this initial engagement are positive then we can open up to a wider consultation.”
The proposals were aired on the Sawbridgeworth Facebook group. Although there was some opposition, Cllr Buckmaster said on the whole comments were positive.
He said he had been consulting residents on other safety measures in the town, including double yellow lines around junctions where parked cars have been affecting visibility.
“Over time my aim is to make Sawbridgeworth a place in which all residents feel safe during their travels and feel comfortable in spending time in the town centre shopping areas,” said Cllr Buckmaster.
A 5% response rate is required for the scheme to proceed, with 50.1% of those who respond in favour.