Guyhirn residents are celebrating after ‘people power’ got the speed limit changed in the village.
Campaigners from the Fenland Rural Roads Safety Action Network (FRRSAN) had been trying to get the speed lowered, including submitted two petitions to the Area Joint Committee (AJC).
But they were left disappointed with the response from local government, who told them there was no budget and if they wanted anything to change, they would have to find the money themselves.
Now 30 miles per hour signs are pride of place next to the road and local people have already seen a noticeable difference in speed from drivers.
FRRSAN chair Gavin Booth said: “This is localism working. People have said ‘at last it’s been done, it’s taken so long’. It’s been quite positive feedback and the speed does appear to have slowed down quite dramatically.”
Campaigners had to raise around £3,500 for the work and they were supported by the parish council. They also managed to cut down on costs by recycling the old signs and using them elsewhere and employing local contractors to carry out the work.
It has been a long, drawn-out process over the last couple of years and Gavin pointed out that local government is very slow. However, the new Localism Act that was bought in – giving power back to local communities – helped them immensely and enabled them to get the changes made.
The initial response to the new speed limit has been positive and residents will be carrying out their own Speed Watch in the next couple of weeks to measure whether drivers really are slowing down.