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Mums drive for 20mph limit in Bradford on Avon
A campaign to slow traffic to 20mph through Bradford on Avon has been backed by town councillors.
Members of the council’s town management committee voted unanimously for 20mph limits across the town.
Tuesday’s meeting was asked to support a call for new speed limits, spearheaded by the 20’s Plenty for Bradford on Avon group.
Committee deputy chairman Laurie Brown proposed the motion, which criticised Wiltshire Council’s speed limit policy and and called for a blanket 20mph limit to be imposed.
Cllr Brown said: “I proposed that we make the entire town a 20mph zone, rather than have these bits and pieces with different limits and the administrative costs which go with it.
“I would love to see Bradford as the only 20 town in the county.”
The campaign has been led by mum-of-two Alex Machin, of St Margaret’s Street.
She said: “Wiltshire Council has just released its draft policy for the 20mph policy across the whole county. When we looked at the policy itself, we found it very negative.
“A change brings so many benefits. In terms of safety, there is much less chance of major injury and less chance of collisions, more people will walk or cycle and it will reduce emissions.”
A Wiltshire Council spokesman said its consultation on its draft policy for 20mph speed limits is due to end tomorrow.
He added: “We’ve had a number of responses. These will now be taken into account before finalising our policy. The draft policy asks area boards to nominate roads for 20mph limits, and these will be assessed to see if they meet necessary criteria for introducing the limit.”
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