20mph pilot scheme confirmed for North CampBy Tim Harris
September 17, 2012
MOTORISTS in North Camp will be forced to kill their speed, after a new trial scheme was given the green light.
The Residential 20 pilot scheme was confirmed on Tuesday and will be introduced to the North Camp area of Farnborough, along with other locations in Hampshire.
The Hampshire County Council scheme will require drivers to reduce their speed to 20mph. The current limit in this part of North Camp is 30mph. County councillor John Wall, who represents Farnborough South, hopes that Residential 20 will make North Camp a safer place for residents and pedestrians.
He said: “Every councillor receives complaints about traffic speed. When I learnt of the trial, I suggested North Camp.
“This is something new and I, together with local residents, will follow it with interest. If the trial is successful I hope that it will be rolled out further.”
It is believed around £19,000 would be made available for funding of the pilot in North Camp. The scheme, which is expected to come into action in the spring, has been developed to take advantage of the Department for Transport’s (DfT) recent relaxations to the signing requirements associated with 20mph limits.
“For the pilot schemes to be successful, it is essential that local people support the introduction of 20mph speed restrictions,” said Cllr Mel Kendal, executive member for environment and transport.
“The police are unlikely to treat enforcement as a priority in the residential 20mph areas and so we will need the support of residents through their participation in Community Speed Watch programmes.”
Other locations to take part, include the Clarence Road, Connaught Road, Albert Street and Albany Road areas of Fleet.