The matter was reported in the Courier and the Evening Telegraph yesterday and I spoke on Wave 102 News and Radio Tay News. You can hear the Radio Tay News interview by clicking ‘play’ below :
I spoke on Radio Tay News about the matter yesterday – click ‘play’ below to listen:
I have checked the fault with the lights in Grosvenor Road. our stand-by electrician was out over the weekend at the fault which appears to be an underground cable fault. In the short term I will have this repaired tomorrow and in the longer term replace the columns and lanterns in that area.
“I refer to your email dated 25 May 2011 regarding council policy on 20mph speed limits and home zones. There is currently no local policy on 20 mph limits and the Home Zones trials has certainly led to design standard that achieve the Home Zone principles for ‘traffic calming’ / shared space at new build stage – the 20 mph speed limit issue (aside from part time outside schools) is fairly embryonic and a few urban areas are progressing city wide or area specific schemes but there is an element of a watching brief throughout the UK to gauge effectiveness. I am aware of groups of the community that are very vociferous in favour of the default urban speed limit being reduced but I am yet to see this transferring to the predominant view (although I believe this is only a matter of time).
With particular reference to River Crescent it is quite possible the perceived speed of vehicles in this cul de sac may seem inappropriate but as is often the case on small residential streets the actual recorded speeds usually found from 7 or 14 day automatic surveys are well within the 30 mph national urban speed limit. I would be very surprised if anything unusual would arise in this quiet / low traffic cul de sac.
As indicated above there are no recorded policy documents relating to Twenty’s Plenty in Dundee. I believe the Twenty’s Plenty installed at Gowrie Park was part of a national pilot scheme. The only current policy on 20mph speed limits is that for part time operation around schools as referred to in agenda note AN159-2008. This agenda note refers to the accepted P & T committee report on Making Schools Safer on 24th January 2004. City Quay is the only other 20 mph order within the City which I recall was related to the need to maintain low speeds owing to the proximity of the docks (and is an engineered solution with regular speed bumps curtailing vehicle speeds).
Dundee City Council approved the Home Zones consultation report by Government in P & T Report No. 39-2002. This report supported the use of residential streets for multiple use with vehicles a necessary but not dominant feature of the area, as indicated previously this relates to new builds from that point in time on.
I anticipate that in the coming years this will become an issue discussed widely around Dundee, Scotland and the UK, however at this current moment in time there is no provision to create a 20mph limit in this street and ultimately any traffic concerns are very likely to be local and as is often the case best resolved through neighbourhood efforts.”
“In addition to the Council schools, work is currently on-going with the High School of Dundee regarding 20mph part-time speed limits and this is also expected to be completed within the next month.
“Steps have also been taken to ensure that any new schools opening in Dundee through the PPP initiative will also have part-time 20mph speed limits in place from their first day of opening.
“In addition to 20mph speed limits at schools further work has been undertaken in partnership between the Education and Planning & Transportation Departments to develop School Travel Plans. A seconded post was provided for a two year period within the Education Department to develop an exemplar School Travel Plan pack as part of the Health Promoting Schools initiative. An exemplar pack has been issued to all schools in Dundee with the Head Teacher of each school responsible for implementing their School Travel Plan. These School Travel Plans aim to encourage pupils to travel to school in a more sustainable and healthy manner by encouraging walking, cycling and public transport in favour of car journeys.
“Dundee City Council also works in partnership with Tayside Police and provides resources and professional officer input to assist Tayside Police’s Road Safety Officers who regularly take the road safety message into the classroom.
“I trust this information assures you that Dundee City Council has tackled the need for 20mph speed limits at Schools and continues to develop travel initiatives to help improve the health of our school pupils.”