Safety fears in village high street prompt voluntary 20mph limit
A VOLUNTARY 20mph speed limit through the centre of Yatton has been introduced.
Yatton Parish Council, in partnership with the village's Partners and Communities Together (PACT) group, wrote to a number of businesses in the village earlier this year putting forward the idea of a voluntary speed limit.
The move followed increasing concern about the level of speed of some large vehicles, many of which are used by the larger businesses, through the High Street.
Parents walking their children to school in the centre of the village said they often took their life in their hands because of the speed of traffic and vehicles mounting the pavements along the narrow High Street.
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A number of businesses have now signed up to the voluntary limit.
The new limit will run from the mini roundabout at the junction with Wemberham Lane along North End Road and High Street up to the mini roundabout at the junction of Claverham Road.
Currently a 30mph enforceable limit is in place along the High Street.
Yatton Parish Council chairman, Councillor David Crossman, said: "I am delighted to have the co-operation of local businesses in reducing speeds along the High Street and making Yatton a safer place for everyone."
The parish council is also considering installing bollards along a section of the High Street to stop vehicles – including lorries – mounting the pavement.
The bollards could be erected on a section of the footpath between Barberry Farm Road and The Avenue at a cost of about £6,000. The work, if agreed, would be carried out by North Somerset Council and funded by Yatton Parish Council.
The council is also looking at the possibility of raising the kerbs along sections of the road to make it more difficult for motorists to drive up on to the pavement.
Cars are often parked on the other side of the road and when traffic tries to nudge through, vehicles often end up mounting the pavement to get past.
Yatton Parish Council clerk, Crispin Taylor, said: "The parish council is also in discussion with North Somerset Council and the police as to measures to be taken to prevent lorries and other vehicles mounting the pavement."