Speed limit let down for group

CAMPAIGNERS trying to get the speed limit reduced through Guyhirn were disappointed with the reaction from councillors at a meeting on Friday and have been left to raise money for the work themselves.

Two petitions were presented by the Fenland Rural Roads Safety Action Network (FRRSAN) at the Area Joint Committee meeting in Fenland Hall, a committee that meets quarterly to discuss traffic and highways issues.

Campaigners asked for the 40mph limit to be lowered to 30mph on High Road and Gull Road in Guyhirn.

However the AJC made the decision that although the speed limit could be reduced, there is not enough money in the budget to carry it out. They also decided that the speed limit on Gull Road should be 40mph.

It now falls to FRRSAN to raise the money themselves if they want to see the speed limit reduction - a sum of around £7,000.

Chairman Gavin Booth said: “We are definitely going to take this forward and see how we can get funding.”

He said the group would be approaching Wisbech St Mary Parish Council – which covers Guyhirn – about the possibility of funding, as well as looking elsewhere. Mr Booth is also remaining hopeful that Cambs County Council may still find some unexpected money in the budget.

The matter of traffic calming on Murrow Bank was also raised at the AJC. A petition had previously been presented to the committee by a group of residents asking for traffic calming to be removed from the road.

However, during consultation, a number of Murrow residents said they do not want the speed bumps removed and the decision was made to leave them.

Mr Booth, who sat on the AJC in his role as a Parson Drove parish councillor, said the campaigning residents had wanted other safety features put in their place but his suggestion of approaching other funders was not considered.

• The next meeting of Wisbech St Mary parish council is taking place in Guyhirn Village Hall on August 1. The matter of funding work in Guyhirn may be raised there. Anyone with an interest is welcome to attend.