Controversial Southend speed limit schemes go to pubic consultation

Two speed reduction schemes in Southend will go through public consultations before being introduced.

Roads bosses want to introduce 20mph speed limits in parts of Thorpe Bay and Leigh.

It had already been agreed the Thorpe Bay plans would be subject to further consultation after a raft of protests over the speed bumps but the Leigh scheme was set to go ahead as residents broadly welcomed it.

Ian Gilbert, leader of the council said: “We are proposing that both schemes be subject to a consultation to ensure that residents in both areas can have their say.

“We have heard representation from residents and others and therefore a full and meaningful consultation, particularly on the Thorpe Bay scheme which generated so much controversy, will take place before any changes are put forward.”

Cllr Kevin Robinson, who represents Westborough ward, said: “On behalf of the Leigh councillors, they are very keen to progress with this in Leigh and West Leigh.

“They understand the need for consultation and they urge it to be concise and accurate so they can bring in the road safety for these parts of Leigh that are desperately needed.”

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Christine Sexton

Local Democracy Reporter