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20mph zone plan for village

Posted on February 27 2020 at 3:53:24

Alvechurch parish councillors are to seek more information on proposals by Worcestershire County Council for a 20mph speed limit through the village centre.

The plan would also involve extending the current 30mph zones in each direction, chairman Marc Worrall told colleagues.

“It seems County is expecting a contribution from us for things like pinch points – we’ve asked for figures but nothing has been forthcoming yet, so we don’t know what we might be committing ourselves to financially.”

Coun Andy Humphries said: “Having just agreed our budget, we can’t really afford it – and also I don’t think we should be contributing much as the proposed area is now smaller than in the original plan. We should take a tough stance.”

Coun John Cypher said: “We have fought tooth and nail to get a 20mph zone; it would be a great loss if we lost it due to financial uncertainty.

“We don’t want to throw the 20mph baby out with the bathwater – maybe we can split the cost across different budgetary years.”

Coun Alan Helmore pointed out that the proposed zone didn’t include the schools, while Coun Sue Lambert was concerned about painted road markings in a conservation area.

Coun Worrall said he would seek a meeting to “get clarification and move things on.”

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