'Serious concerns' raised that speed limit cuts in North East Lincolnshire 'could be waste of money'
IMPOSING new speed limits could be a waste of public money, according a leading councillor looking into the area's road safety.
North East Lincolnshire Council's select committee met about controversial plans, which could see the A180 limit between Pyewipe and Westgate cut from 70mph to 50mph, and the A18 Barton Street, from 60mph to 50mph.
Parish councillors from Healing, Great Coates and Laceby supported the plans, which could also extend the 30mph limit in Healing, make the route between Great Coates and Healing 40mph, and limit Aylesby to 30mph.
Great Coates Parish Council chairman Nicola Maasdam said: "We support most of the regulations. We have a small roundabout which is very dangerous so any reduction in speed approaching that will help."
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Mrs Maasdam also requested the 30mph limit past Great Coates Village Nursery school to be 20mph.
But NELC councillor Philip Jackson, pictured, (Cons, Waltham), said he had "serious concerns" about the lack of statistical evidence of accidents.
This was backed by retired chief inspector Mark Harris, of the area's Road Safety Partnership.
He said: "You have to be able to justify your decisions with hard evidence."
Mr Jackson said: "We need to be careful when we propose the limits that it isn't a waste of public money. There were many people here today giving evidence supporting these speed reductions, but it is very clear to me they haven't come to these conclusions based on evidence."
The plans – which are supported by Humberside Fire and Rescue Service and East Midlands Ambulance Service – could also see a number of side streets in East Marsh, Grimsby and Sidney Sussex, Cleethorpes, reduced from 30mph to 20mph.
Councillor Steve Beasant (Lib Dem, East Marsh), said: "A lot of the streets in East Marsh are very narrow with cars parked either side. Sometimes you are taking your life in your hands when you go down there – it is virtually impossible for a young child to cross the road."
Leader of NELC, Councillor Chris Shaw (Lab, Sidney Sussex) wants the limit reduced – making it safer for the daily walk of 2,200 school children – but also wants them to be made one way to stop people parking there.
Campaigner Hayden Dawkins spoke against lowering the speed limit. He said: "I don't see the point in spending public money on this."
The select committee will meet again on Thursday, at Grimsby Town Hall, from 2pm.