YOUR VIEW: What should the speed limit be in the High Peak?

Child safety zones around the city of Sheffield
Darnall area signs and roads
Road markings telling drivers they are entering a 20mph zone
Child safety zones around the city of Sheffield Darnall area signs and roads Road markings telling drivers they are entering a 20mph zone

Last week we reported that Derbyshire County Council chose not to introduce widespread speed reductions to 20mph across the county.

The Advertiser took to the streets to fond out what you thought about this.

David Wilson, A 73-year-old motorbiker from Leek said: “If the roads were reduced to 20 miles per hour, I’d give up the bike what would be the point.

David Wilson

David Wilson

“If the road is safe and there are no trees or houses then I think it is daft to have such a low speed.

“When I am on the road I don’t won’t to upset anyone but reducing the speed would cause more problems like congestion - I am glad the council didn’t go through with this.”

Last summer DCC launched a consultation on the proposal, the council has agreed that 20mph schemes should be brought in areas with high casualty rates but A and B roads will not be lowered at this time.

Ray Alldred, 70 from Hayfield said: “It is difficult to be so generic with road speeds, driving in towns is different than driving on open country roads and I think the council made the right choice not to bring in a blanket reduction.”

Ray Alldred

Ray Alldred

In the report issued by the council it stated that given the support for 20mph limits in Derbyshire the council should be more open to introducing them in areas where the circumstances are appropriate.

Melanie Owen, 30 from Fairfield, said: “I think road safety is very important and there are some people who don’t stick to the speed limits but it is those people who would make the roads safer for cars and people if there was a 20mph limit.”

The council has said it will consider a widespread reduction of 20mph schemes when the Government publishes a report on the effectiveness of the limits.

Mum Hilary Tyler, 46, from Fairfield, said: “I don’t think it is safe anymore on the roads, especially on the housing estates.

Melanie Owen

Melanie Owen

“The roads up there are already 20 but people ignore them are doing 30 if not more.

“The divers don’t seem to be bothered by the repercussions of not riving safely anymore. I recently saw a man pulling out of junction with a trailer and on his phone.

“I think more needs to be done to educate people in staying safe so I’m a bit disappointed there won’t be more roads with safer driving limits.”
Visitor Paul Stannard, 65, said: “I think this is very safe town.

“I think in built up areas with lots of houses people should drive cautiously and 20mph isn’t a bad idea.

Paul Stannard

Paul Stannard

“But for everyday roads I don’t think there is problem with the speed of drivers and it would cost so much to bring about the change.”

The DCC report said the use of 20mph limits in urban areas to reduce speed and road traffic casualties has been well established across the country for a number of years.

It went on to say that given the current budget constraints, priority should always ben given to schemes in areas where there is a high casualty rate.

Adam Mason, 22, from Buxton added: “I don’t think the speed limit is too high and fast driving isn’t really a problem in this area there are fast roads out of town but in town there are so many cars at rush hour that no one ever gets to go fast anyway.

“It would be headache if it was slower.”

Hilary Taylor

Hilary Taylor

Adam Mason

Adam Mason