Photography courtesy of the West Briton
20 mph speed limit introduced in Tregony
In 2010, a campaign was started in Tregony to introduce a blanket 20 mph speed limit across the whole village. A petition attracted hundreds of signatures and the campaign had the support of the parish council, businesses, the schools and Roseland Parc Retirement Village amongst others. A public meeting was held in Tregony Village Hall in November 2010 where a large majority of the 80 or so people present showed their support for the scheme.
After a rather lengthy process through the system at County Hall, the Traffic Regulation Order for the scheme was published in February 2012 and the scheme was signed off by the appropriate officer in May.
In June 2012, the scheme was installed. The new speed limit covers the same area as the existing 30 mph speed limit in Tregony plus the short 20 mph zone outside Roseland College. The only stretch that will remain at 30 mph will be the road leading eastwards out of the village towards St Austell after the end of the current 20 zone. This means that the new limit applies not only to Fore Street but also to all side roads and residential areas including Roseland Crescent and Lords Meadow. A map below shows the extent of the scheme.
There will be no speed bumps (other than the existing ones near to the schools) to slow drivers and there will not be continual police enforcement of the new limit. So, the success of the scheme will be mainly down to all of us using the roads in Tregony. Temporary monitoring equipment will be put in place at some time over the next few months to see whether or not average speeds have reduced after implementation of the scheme. Please let us try to make sure that it is a success.
The official opening took place on Wednesday 4 July at 10.30 a.m. outside Roseland Parc where a pupil from Tregony Primary School and a resident of Roseland Parc cut the ribbon to declare the scheme open.
A car sticker showing commitment to the new limit has been sent to each household in Tregony. If anyone would like to receive one or more additional stickers, please follow this link to car sticker request or, alternatively, call in at the village post office where Ian and Janet will have some spare stickers.
Thanks are particularly due to the management of Roseland Parc who made a financial contribution towards the costs of the scheme, thus ensuring that the scheme was possible within the Council's budgetary constraints.