Wakefield Council promises more 20mph zones outside schools

20mph sign in Garstang
20mph sign in Garstang
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Councillors approved plans for 20mph zones outside schools – and promised more will be put in place in future.

Wakefield Council’s cabinet also agreed to proposals to limit traffic on the Bull Ring to 20mph to improve safety in the city centre at a meeting on Tuesday.

New speed limits willalso be put in place outside Ossett Academy, Gawthorpe Primary School, Havercroft J&I School, Stockingate School in South Kirkby, and The Vale Primary School, in Knottingley.

Coun Denise Jeffery, cabinet member for regeneration and economic growth, said: “A number of 20mph zones have already been done. They are becoming increasingly popular – people are asking for them and we have to do them in phases.

“We’re doing the first phase around these schools but we will be looking at bringing in more next year.”

Cabinet members agreed more needed to be done to improve safety around schools.

Coun Olivia Rowley, cabinet member for children and young people, said: “I feel this will be extremely popular. But I am concerned that many culprits are parents parking near to the school causing mayhem.

“This is a start. The policing of it will be essential.”

Creating the 20mph zones will cost an estimated £35,000 and will be paid for by government funding.

The cabinet also agreed to monitor the impact of the new speed zones and the number of collisions that occurred in those areas before and after implementation.