Campaigners get set to fight 20mph proposals

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CAMPAIGNERS are urging Fleetwood folk unhappy about blanket 20 mph proposals to help fight for concessions on the plans – before it is too late.

The Fleetwood Development Partnership are planning a petition against the speed limits and hope to have it in local shops this week.

Its members want residents to write to Lancashire County Council, the organisation behind the speed limit moves, to raise their concerns.

County Hall officials have stated that only A roads will be exempt from the road restrictions.

Time is running out for those who want to have their say, however.

Those who wish to object – or indicate their support for the proposals – must write to the County Secretary and Solicitor before Wednesday December 7.

Partnership spokesman Bob Boal (pictured) said: “We are hoping we will get strong support for the petition.

“We can understand 20mph in certain places and around schools, but this blanket thing isn’t right. These limits could turn this town into a car park.

“We believe that local people shouldn’t just accept these moves, but should show some fighting spirit and try and do something about it, if they don’t agree with it.”

Chairman of the town council, Coun Alan Marsh, says the town council has won some concessions and added: “We met with Lancashire and they say they will consider commuter routes being exempt from the 20mph limit.

“Now we are going to have a meeting of a council working group and consider what these routes could be ward by ward.”

Paul Binks, County Hall’s transport safety manager, said the council was comitted to consultation on the issue.

To express a view, write to the County Secretary and Solicitor at Lancashire County Council, PO Box 78, County Hall, Preston PR1 8XJ, quoting ref: LSG4/5.43875/SLO/2/6MEI.