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A SHEFFIELD neighbourhood is set to have a blanket 20 mph speed limit imposed - the first to be created after the council said it wanted to set up a raft of child safety zones to reduce accidents in residential areas of the city.

The lower limit is set to be introduced in Stradbroke, covering all residential streets between Richmond Road, Hastilar Road South, Richmond Hill Road, Stradbroke Road and the A57 Mosborough Parkway.

Plans are to be approved at a meeting of an East Community Assembly meeting on Thursday.

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Although a number of small-scale 20 mph zones have existed in the city for a number of years, the council says past schemes have been costly to install.

The bill for old schemes has been high because they were accompanied by road humps and other traffic calming measures. But new 20 mph zones - Stradbroke being the first - will rely on signs.

Many more could follow across residential areas in the city, where drivers will be expected to automatically register they are entering a reduced speed zone and slow down without the need for speed humps.

It means the zones, each of which will be imposed through the council’s community assemblies, can be set up much more cheaply and speedily.

In Stradbroke, the cost will be £42,000, of which £30,000 will pay for signs around the zone.

Around £7,000 will fund public consultation and design work, £3,000 is earmarked to cover legal costs and £2,000 to pay for new road markings.

Joel Logue, of the council’s development services department, said: “Sheffield Council intends to reduce the limit to 20 mph in many areas over the next few years.

“The schemes will consist mainly of the installation of signs, although a few roads may need additional calming measures.”

Stradbroke was chosen because there have been 26 injury accidents in the area in five years. Of those injured, six were pedestrians, including five children.

Sheffield Council is proposing to introduce the 20 mph zones, also known as child safety zones, on an area-by-area basis so ‘proper assessment’ can take place of whether they are necessary.

It’s rejected calls for all residential streets in the city to be given automatic 20 mph status.

Residents welcomed the idea.

“I would love a 20mph limit - at the moment people tear around like lunatics,” said Suzanne Khariuk, 46, of Hastilar Road South.

“I’ve lived here 15 years and it’s always been a problem - our dog got knocked down. People living here will love it - but I’m not so sure about drivers who use these roads as rat runs.”

Gillian Sylvester, 36, of Lathkill Road, said: “It’s a good idea, people do drive too fast. It would certainly be good for the side roads, I’m not so sure about the main roads, though.”