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20mph limit planned for Otley's residential streets
More than 100 of Otley’s residential roads are set to become 20mph zones in a bid to make the town safer.
Leeds City Council is preparing – barring major objections – to lower the limit on nearly all residential and unnamed streets south of the river.
The change will cover all residential roads between the River Wharfe and Otley bypass/Bradford Road along with those south of Bradford Road, except for: Ghyll Beck Drive, Spring Gardens, Burras Drive, Burras Avenue, Elm Terrace and Bedford Place.
The move represents the first phase in a scheme to turn Otley into a “20mph town” – an initiative that has been spearheaded by Councillor Colin Campbell (Lib Dem, Otley & Yeadon) and is being backed to the tune of £10,000 by the town council.
Coun Campbell said: “This is great news. When I first started the push for 20mph limits on residential streets eight years ago I never believed it would take so long to implement, or in the end cover so much of the town.
“Residents that my colleagues, Councillors Rick Downes and Sandy Lay, and I have talked to overwhelmingly support the proposals to reduce traffic speeds.
“Like me, they believe that reducing speeds on residential streets reduces accidents and makes the town a lot safer. Providing there are no major objections, the new speed limits for all the areas south of the river should be in place by the end of the financial year.
“However, I regard this as the first stage in a process to cover all of Otley and, eventually, Yeadon.
“We have already had conversations about streets north of the river and now the principle has been established we hope to be able to introduce the 20mph limit in all streets which want it.”
Full details of the proposals, in the form of a draft order that lists all of the roads that would be affected, can be examined during office hours at Otley Library and at the Legal Services Reception Desk, 1st Floor, St George House, Great George Street, Leeds. Nelson Street LS21 1EZ.
Anyone wishing to make an objection or comment should e-mail email@example.com, quoting reference A76/JL, or write to: Mr J Levine, Development Section, Legal Services, Civic Hall, Leeds LS1 1UR. Comments must be made by noon on Monday, October 7.
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