Chichester speed limits to be reduced

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Proposals to reduce the default speed limit in residential areas of Chichester to 20mph have been approved.

Members of the South Chichester County Local Committee (CLC) voted in favour of the reduction at their meeting at County Hall on Tuesday (November 6).

The decision follows a comprehensive public consultation which took place earlier this year and enabled residents of the city to give their views on the proposals.

Chairman Mike Hall said: “The city-wide consultation demonstrated there is an overwhelming amount of public support for this scheme.

“The committee have listened to what people had to say and we voted unanimously in favour of lowering the speed limit.

“We will also be working with cycling and community groups to educate driver behaviour and engage local schoolchildren to help make Chichester a safer environment.”

The committee also passed recommendations to formally advertise modified proposals to introduce a Controlled Parking Zone (CPZ) in a number of areas within Chichester and amend the existing waiting restrictions within the existing city centre scheme.

In addition, they agreed to the installation of a signal controlled pedestrian crossing on Broyle Road.

The committee also awarded more than £5,000 from its Community Initiative Fund to the following local projects:

Chichester Child Contact Centre - £1,500 towards accreditation and associated costs for a supervised contact

Singleton Village Hall Management Committee - £1,500 towards Village Hall retiling costs

Friends of Chartres - £900 towards one-off printmaker sessions for local school children

Age Concern Southbourne & District - £1,500 towards chiropody and tai-chi classes, also for renovations.

The next South Chichester County Local Committee meeting will be held on Tuesday February 26 at 7pm in Committee Room 3 at County Hall, West Street, Chichester, PO19 1RQ.