20 MPH zones outside Bollington Schools
Cheshire East Council appear to be up for this and the Town Council met with highway representatives and Cheshire East Bollington Ward Councillor Bill Livesley earlier this month to discuss it. Bill has been particularly helpful and he also progressing an initiative which would allow Bollington and other towns and villages in the longer term to be able to declare mandatory 20mph limits for large parts of their areas. This initiative would cut down the bureaucracy and cost currently involved in this process and allow the community to decide.
Albert Road schools now have the advisory signage which should be operative soon. The positioning of the Albert Road signage was a problem and may be at other locations particularly outside Bollington Cross School. Therefore, the signs may not be identical to one shown in the mock up image. We also hope to include Pott Shrigley School in the scheme as well subject to discussions with the Parish Council.
Some will say that traffic cannot travel at more than 20mph outside some of our schools at drop off and collection time because of parked cars and there may be some truth in that but the signage is also to alert drivers to the presence of the schools and the potential for children to be in the roadway. Over the past few weeks we have had quite a number of people reporting concern about the speed of traffic on Bollington Road and the need for a 20mph limit outside Bollington Cross School.
The Town Council now has the data from its SID machine (vehicle numbers and speed) which has been positioned outside the Cock and Pheasant recording traffic heading toward Bollington Cross School and the findings may surprise you with 3300 vehicles passing the school between 8am and 9pm and 2600 between 3pm and 4pm plus the vehicles coming the other way. The average speed between 8am and 9pm is 22mph and between 3pm and 4pm is the same. Within that average will be some much faster and some much slower.
We will keep you informed of progress