Boston Spa speed limits set to be reduced

PROPOSALS to reduce the speed limit around Boston Spa School to help reduce the number of accidents have been put forward by Leeds City Council this month.

The reduced limits from 30mph to 20mph will cover Clifford Moor Road, Heath Drive, Primrose and Winnow Lane. The plans, which will be initially launched as a pilot project if given the go-ahead, has been put forward by the council’s Executive Board earlier this month.

Wetherby ward councillor Alan Lamb, who covers the Boston Spa area, said the new proposals would continue to improve the safety of the community.

“I fully support these proposals and I think there is a problem with speeding traffic throughout Boston Spa at the moment, particularly through the High Street and near the school. There have been a number of accidents there over the years and I have had residents express their concerns for the safety of their children and others about this.”

Wetherby ward councillor Gerald Wilkinson said he thought the new scheme was a good idea but should be widened to other areas including schools in Wetherby: “I only hope they introduce the scheme at St James’ School on Church Street in Wetherby which they desperately need to do. Residents have raised these concerns to me for some time about this stretch of road,” he said.

Outlining the plan, Leeds City Council said in their proposal document: “These proposed speed reduction measures are being promoted to reduce recorded injury accidents and improve road safety, particularly for pedestrians. The measures will also enhance the local amenities covered by the new lower speed limit.”

The six sites identified in Leeds include Gildersome Primary School, South Leeds Arts College, Morley High School, Kirkstall St Stephen’s Church of England School, and Holy Name Catholic Primary School in Ireland Wood.

The consultation, will also include an application for waiting restriction to be enforced at the site will take place until August 15.