Plans for 20mph for chunk of town
DRIVERS in Benhall could soon be forced to apply the brakes, with a 20mph zone planned for the whole area.
And, if it is deemed a success, the speed limit could spread to the whole of Cheltenham.
The plans have been discussed by Cheltenham Borough and Gloucestershire County councillors.
Councillor Simon Wheeler (LD, Benhall and Up Hatherley) said residents should imagine a one-mile radius around Asda, as that's the area that would be affected.
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"We would make it mandatory," he said. "It would be a 20mph speed limit for everywhere but the main travel routes, so not the A roads, Hatherley Road wouldn't be included.
"The thing about '20's plenty' is we don't need to put in chicanes, humps and bumps to bring the speed down.
"It would be mandatory, albeit the police say it would be difficult to enforce. We'd like it for the whole of Cheltenham, but we want to test it first."
He added that councillors had been looking at where in Cheltenham to try the scheme first, with Gloucestershire Highways saying it could not fund the project.
"We have [section] 106 money from the development of Asda," added Mr Wheeler.
"We also think it would cost in the region of £2,000.
"It would be nice to see the money used for the benefit of Up Hatherley and Benhall."
Local childminder Alison Hitchins said lowering the speed limit "would help".
"Children and families cycle in that area, so lowering the speed limit would improve road safety," she said.
"It's a good idea. It's always good to make the roads safer for everybody – not just pedestrians but cyclists too. I think, more and more, people seem not to be adhering to the speed limit, even with the humps, and obviously there are schools in the area as well. I'm a cyclist and know a slower speed would help. We tend to want to cycle on the paths at the moment, which we can't do."
Sarah Johns, 34, who lives in the area, said: "The cars speed along quite quickly, so if there was a way of making them slow down I'd welcome it. It does seem like some cars drive very quickly when the children and I walk the dog. Having said that, the speed bumps don't seem to slow cars down, so I'm not sure how a few signs will make the difference."
Driver Beckie Furls, of Up Hatherley, said she did not agree with the plans, saying: "It could just end up with lots of drivers getting frustrated and not looking properly."