Speed limit: 20 is plenty says Cunningham

MOYLE SDLP councillor Dónal Cunningham has restated his support the campaign to reduce the speed limit on urban residential streets from 30mph to 20mph.

Cllr Cunningham was speaking following the report that a four year old girl was almost hit by a car while playing in the Leyland Farm area of Ballycastle,

He said: “Council is to seek an urgent with DRD Roads Services to discuss traffic calming measures for the Leyland Farm area. But aside from traffic calming, action needs to be taken to reduce the speed of motorists in urban residential areas. Recent guidance issued by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence recommended the introduction of 20mph speed limits and zones as an important way of improving safety.

The safety and welfare of our communities is vitally important.”

Philip Robinson’s daughter Maebh was involved in the “near miss” in the Leyland area and he said action is needed to prevent children being hurt in the estate.

“There is a long stretch of road and traffic calming is needed. And in the mean time I would urge drivers to exercise caution,” he told the Times.