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'Speed sign blitz in Rossendale is a waste of cash'
8:46am Monday 20th August 2012 in Rossendale
A SCHEME to reduce speed in Rossendale with 20mph signs has been slammed by the borough’s council leader as a ‘waste of money’.
Coun Alyson Barnes believes Lancashire County Council has spent £300,000 on speed signs on short streets.
She said: “The signs are ruining the look of the place, particularly in the smaller villages.
“Every access point seems to have been blighted, even streets where you can only fit five or six cars and couldn’t dream of reaching 20mph.
“It’s a great example of wasted resources at a time when we haven’t got resources to waste.
“The project needs calming measures and proper enforcement to be worthwhile.
“People won't pay any attention to the signs and it hasn’t actually been proven that these zones lead to fewer accidents.”
Four phases of work are being rolled out by the county council.
Work in Helmshore, Rawtenstall North and South, and Bacup Central and East are already completed, while areas of Whitworth, Rawtenstall East, Bacup North and South West, Edenfield, Shawforth, Weir and Facit are still open for consultation.
The total cost of the scheme countywide is £9.2million.
Lancashire County Council said it was committed to encouraging safer streets by introducing 20mph speed limits in residential areas and outside schools by the end of 2013.
Its website said: “20mph areas create safer streets for children, older people and the disabled, pedestrians, cyclists and motorists.
“Once in place, the 20mph speed limits are legally enforceable by the police.
“We recognise that 20mph speed limit areas are a long-term plan and that changing drivers’ attitudes and behaviours may not happen instantly.”