Speed limit reduction vote in Stroud Valleys villages
VOTING is underway in a village poll about a proposed new 20mph speed limit through two Stroud villages.
Parishioners in all 800 households at Whiteshill and Ruscombe have been sent ballot papers after the idea was presented to them by their parish council at the Village Hall earlier this month.
Residents have to reply simply yes or no to the suggestion and post their answers in a ballot box at their community shop.
Voting ends on Saturday and counting will then take place in the shop on Monday.
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A majority "yes" vote would allow the Whiteshill and Ruscombe Parish Council to proceed with the 20mph zone, its chairman Rebecca Charley said.
"People have been asking for this limit. Speeding is an issue," she said.
She hoped there would be a good turn out and added: "Obviously it is good practice to have some sort of public consultation.
"Randwick had a show of hands in support [of the proposal there at a meeting."
It will cost around £15,000 to introduce a 20mph limit on most of the lanes in Ruscombe, Whiteshill and Randwick. Half of this would be paid for by a Gloucestershire County Council highways "community offer", said Ms Charley.
The Randwick and the Whiteshill and Ruscombe parish councils would then each pay around £3,500 each to make up the total bill.
Traffic through all the villages has increased over the years, with Main Road through Whiteshill especially being used as a rat-run between Stroud and Gloucester.
Main Road is mostly covered by a 30mph limit at present.
It is hoped the 20mph limit would discourage that through traffic, reduce vehicle speeds and noise, improve safety for walkers and cyclists and, most of all, improve the quality of life for residents.