Campaigners in Rosehill in Ipswich are calling on Suffolk County Council to implement a 20mph zone across a number of roads in order to combat rat-running, inappropriate speeds and gridlock around residential areas.
A petition has been raised to collect support for the scheme which will create a designated 20mph zone around Rosehill Crescent, Rosehill Road, Alston Road, Alan Road, Newton Road, York Road, Tomline Road, Upper Cavendish Street, Cavendish Street, Devonshire and Gladstone Road. The 20 mph limit would be mandatory and enforced by the police.
The petition has so far collected over 300 signatures showing the overwhelming support for the proposals in the local area.
Campaigners believe the advantages of such a scheme would be these roads would not be a fast and easy cut through. There would be signs clearly designating the streets as 20 mph and as a designated residential 20mph area they believe there would be strong disincentive for non-residents to use these roads.
Mr David Frost, of Rosehill Road, has been instrumental in getting the petition up and running. Mr Frost said; “The traffic situation in Rosehill has been getting steadily worse. The rat-running is a real danger for local people and it is only a matter of time before there is a serious accident”.
“I recently saw a funeral procession from St Bartholomew’s Church cut up by someone rat running. The driver then shouted at the mourners to get out of the way. This behaviour is completely unacceptable. Incidents like this are happening every day”.
Local County Councillor Mandy Gaylard who has been supporting the campaign said; “We are getting a great reception on the doorstep. For these plans to be implemented it needs community support. I am calling on every household in Rosehill to support the request for the area to become a 20 mph zone”.
She added; “‘There is clear evidence that reducing traffic speed reduces the number and impact of collisions and casualties, and where collisions do occur, there is a lower risk of fatal injury”.
For more details and to sign the petition contact Cllr Mandy Gaylard on 01473 421205.