Villagers in Barkston Ash near Tadcaster have reacted angrily after their attempts to introduce a 20mph speed limit were rejected by North Yorkshire County Council.
A petition, which is backed by Selby MP Nigel Adams and County Councillor Andrew Lee, calling for the speed limit to be cut from 30mph to 20 was signed by more than 200 residents and parents whose children attend two schools in Barkston Ash.
Jonathan Hirst, Chairman of the Parish Council, said: ”I speak for everyone when I say that we are extremely disappointed at the County Council’s decision.
“Reducing the speed limit is our number one priority in the village and we feel that the County Council is showing a complete disregard for road safety in Barkston Ash.
“Our campaign will continue and we are getting tired of the Council’s excuse that a lack of finance is responsible.”
Explaining the Council’s decision, a senior official said in a letter to the village’s 20’s Plenty Campaign that 20mph speed limit signs alone were unlikely to achieve a notable reduction in speed and that the Council would not support the erection of signs alone.
The council also said that a 20mph limit would need road humps in the village to force drivers to slow down, but experience showed that they were not popular, particularly in rural areas where farm machinery had to drive.
Barkston Ash has also been told that the number of speed related crashes during the last three years did not meet the criteria required for introducing a 20mph zone.
The 20’s Plenty Campaign dismissed that argument, claiming that the authority must fully take into account the needs of vulnerable road users and other factors of which a history of collisions is only one.