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Southwell Town Council offer opinions on petition to lower speed limit on Upton Road to the east of Galley Hill

A petition to lower the speed limit on a Southwell road received a mixed reaction from councillors.

Southwell residents have put forward a petition to move the 30mph sign on Upton Road to the east of Galley Hill.

They say the move would create a safer environment for road users.

Upton Road to the east of Galley Hill. (44444975)
Upton Road to the east of Galley Hill. (44444975)

The petition sought to revise the speed limit to 30mph along the section of Upton Road exiting Southwell up to and immediately beyond the junction at Normanton Road and Galley Hill.

It also sought to put double white lines in the centre of the road to discourage overtaking on the blind bend and replace defective signs and bollards that have been damaged around the area.

The author of the petition highlighted that there had been 15 accidents on Upton Road over the last five years.

Steve Perry, chairman of Southwell Town Council’s planning committee, believed the 30mph limit should be extended, but not as far as the petition suggested.

He said he did not want it to start from Southwell because he believed residents would ignore it.

David Martin, who also sits on the planning committee, said: “If you want a 30mph limit you have to have street lighting.

“Does the street lighting extend beyond the limits of Southwell?

“In principle it is a good idea, but it is hard to vote on it as we haven’t had chance to study it.

“I would support it, but not in an official way just yet.”

The committee said it would visit the site before making a decision at next month’s meeting.

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