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29/10/2007 - Local Committee opt for Foxfield`s long-awaited speed limit

The village of Foxfield is set to get a long-awaited 30mph speed limit after Cumbria County Council's Local Committee for South Lakeland agreed plans for the change.

Cumbria County Council took over management and maintenance of the A595 from the Highways Agency when it was "de-trunked" in December 2006. Foxfield residents who had long been campaigning for a 30mph speed limit through the village had always been advised by the Highways Agency that 30mph was not an appropriate speed limit for a trunk road.

When the county council took over responsibility for the de-trunked A595 there came an opportunity to reconsider altering the speed limit.

Now county council engineers have assessed the options and drawn-up a plan to spend up to £ 25,000 to introduce a speed limit and install a vehicle activated sign at Skelly Crag to warn drivers about excessive speed.

Members of the committee voted in favour of the speed limit through Foxfield and the VAS at Skelly Crag. Public consultations must now take place before the measures can be introduced.

South Lakeland Local committee chairman Ted Walsh said: "This is a good example of the local committee listening to what local people are telling us and acting on it when the opportunity arises."

County councillor for the area Oliver Pearson said: "Local people have been concerned for sometime about the potential for excessive speed to cause serious accidents here and they have fought hard for this change - I am very pleased we are now in a position to try to bring it about."


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