Residents of two Monmouthshire villages are calling for action to be taken against speeding drivers.
A petition on behalf of the community in Shirenewton and Mynyddbach has been handed to Monmouthshire County Council urging the local authority to reduce the speed limit though the villages from 30mph to 20mph.
It was presented to cabinet member for infrastructure and neighbourhood services, Cty Cllr Jane Pratt, by local ward member Cty Cllr Louise Brown before the start of today’s full council meeting (Thursday, 24 June).
Also present was Cty Cllr Richard John, leader of Monmouthshire County Council.
Over 200 signatures have been collected on the online petition, which was organised by Elizabeth Wixcey and Emma Nigogosian from Shirenewton Community Council.
The petition has received the backing of Monmouth MP David Davies, who has previously written to the head of highways.
Cty Cllr Brown said: “I am delighted to be presenting this petition on behalf of local residents to reduce the speed limit from 30mph to 20mph in Shirenewton and Mynyddbach villages.
“Both Shirenewton Community Council and I have campaigned together over a number of years to push for this reduction. It is particularly important in these villages, to improve the safety of pedestrians and school children, as there are few pavements and little street lighting.
“I am pleased the county council has agreed to put this change in this year’s budget and I very much hope it will be implemented as soon as possible.”
Cllr Nigogosian added: “We want people to feel safe when they walk and drive through Shirenewton and Mynyddbach.
“We want to encourage families to walk their children to school and to enjoy our beautiful countryside.
“In order for our community to feel safe on our roads (which are unlit and have few pavements) we believe that having a mandatory speed limit of 20 miles per hour, through both villages, will go a long way in reducing potential accidents.
"We have already had too many near misses from speeding motorists”.
Shirenewton Primary School pupils have been supporting the campaign by organising a poster competition, which was won by George Siddall.