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20's Plenty for Crosby

History

My name is Dan Kenyon. My wife is a third generation Crosby resident and we have children at 2 different schools in Crosby. I contacted our local Labour councillor Veronica Bennett in March this year as I had heard of a proposal to introduce a 20mph speed limit on Manor Road in Crosby to slow traffic for the benefit of St Michaels, Valewood and St Lukes schools. There was also a proposal to make Victoria Road totally one way which would exacerbate speeding on surrounding residential roads.

With Veronica, our local MP Bill Esterson and Marlk McQueen the headteacher at Ursuline Catholic Primary School we visited Agnes Road and discussed trying to slow traffic at the junction of Agnes Road and Blundellsands Road West. This junction is used by pupils of all three primary schools around Blundellsands Road West and making the junction safer would encourage more children to walk and cycle to school un-accompanied.

We discussed extending the double yellow lines and introducing a 20mph zone so that drivers from both directions at this busy junction could drive more slowly and could see each other from a greater distance.

Cost is always an issue and I agreed to go away and research just how much it would cost to redesignate a stretch of road from 30mph to 20mph.

I then discovered the '20 is plenty' campaign, looked at what had already happened in other UK towns and cities (including Liverpool) and realised that Sefton are slipping behind the surrounding councils - both in consultation and implementation of the 20mph limit. With Southport being consulted first Crosby may well be bordering 20mph zones for some years to come unless the process can be supported and encouraged by us.

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