Following the December meeting of the County Council Cabinet Member for Highways, Transport and Infrastructure the Fritchley streets of Allen Lane, Fritchley Lane, Church Street, The Green, and Bobbin Mill Hill (all near to Fritchley Primary School) are being recommended as streets for a pilot project to trial a 20 miles per hour speed limit.
Bowmer Lane, Front Street and Chapel Street are also likely to be included in the trial scheme, which will be implemented at a cost of £10,000 as part of the 2016/2017 Local Transport Plan.
Along with Brassington in Derbyshire Dales, Fritchley was chosen as a second ‘rural road’ site, based on criteria such as previous accident record, the absence of existing traffic calming features, the nearness of a school, the support of the local county councillor and of Crich Parish Council, the benefits of the scheme to all road users and to businesses, reduced emergency services response times and other factors.
Before the Pilot Scheme is introduced County Council Highways officers will consult the with the local community (including Crich Parish and Amber Valley District Councils) and also work closely with the DCC Public Health Department and Derbyshire Constabulary.
Discussion with the local community will be key to the success of this scheme, and discussions with Fritchley Primary School, for example, and taking up Community Speed Watch initiatives will be actively encouraged.
David Williams, County Councillor (Ripley West Division)