Eye: Petition signed by more than 900 people demanding 20mph speed limit handed to council

Call for 20mph limits

Call for 20mph limits - Credit: Archant

A petition demanding a 20mph limit be imposed to cut the number of drivers speeding through a town has been signed by more than 900 people.

A public meeting which was attended by people fed-up with motorists breaking the speed limit as they weave through the twisting roads of the historic town of Eye was held on Wednesday.

The petition was presented to councillors at an Eye Town Council meeting, which was also attended by Graham Newman, Suffolk County Council’s cabinet member for Roads and Transport.

Robin Knight, of The Rookery, Eye, is the co-ordinator of the town’s speed watch group. He said: “The number of people who have signed the petition is now so high it cannot possibly be ignored. And the question of bringing in a 20mph speed limit has now moved up the priority list for the town council and put pressure on Suffolk County Council.

“But it’s going to take time to get this to committee level at the county council. I am quite pleased with the result from the meeting, but we are not going to rest on our laurels.”

He added that crossings in the town needed improving so drivers took more notice of them. Mr Newman said: “The town council has a long list of things they would like to see done, which include things like bollards and dropping-off areas for children to go to school.

“We will be looking at the costs and possible funds so we can work through it.

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“We are not saying there’s no way of doing it, but we are going to have to see how we can get the money from different sources of funding.”

He said funding would probably have to come from the town council.

Town councillor Nancy Ford said: “Historically, the county council has funded schemes, but they have not made it clear what funding is available.”

The town’s speed watch group petition has been available to sign in many of Eye’s shops.