Villagers vote on plans for a 20mph limit
VOTING is underway in a village poll at Whiteshill and Ruscombe about a proposed new 20mph speed limit.
Parishioners, in all 800 households, have been sent ballot papers after their parish council presented the idea to them at a meeting 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.
A majority yes vote would allow the Whiteshill and Ruscombe Parish Council to proceed with the 20mph zone, its chairman Rebecca Charley said.
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"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 is good practice to have some sort of public consultation. Randwick had a show of hands in support at a meeting."
The roughly £15,000 cost of introducing a 20mph limit on most of the lanes in Ruscombe, Whiteshill and Randwick would be half-funded by a Gloucestershire County Council highways "community offer", said Ms Charley.
The Randwick and the Whiteshill and Ruscombe parish councils would then pay a quarter, roughly £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 short-cut between Stroud and Gloucester.
It is hoped the 20mph limit would discourage that through traffic, reduce vehicles' speeds and noise, improve safety for walkers and cyclists and, most of all, improve the quality of life for residents.