Row as speed zones for Sheffield are shelved

Cllr Roger Davison with fellow local councillors Diana Stimely and Penny Baker near Greystones
Cllr Roger Davison with fellow local councillors Diana Stimely and Penny Baker near Greystones
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A row has broke out after plans for new speed restrictions in a busy part of Sheffield were shelved.

Residents in Greystones have called for action after highways bosses backtracked on a promise to introduce 20mph zones in the Sheffield suburb within two years.

Sheffield Council announced the intention to remove the area from the scheme despite its initial agreement.

The U-turn means none of the six sign-only zones which will be introduced in areas of the city as part of a two-year strategy fall within the south-west of the city.

Coun Roger Davison, Liberal Democrat councillor for Ecclesall, said: “These road safety proposals could have a massive impact for local families and in particular our local school.

“With road works under way in Greystones it made sense to install measures at the same time. This was agreed by the council and therefore local residents are naturally outraged.”

The council has defended the decision by saying it must prioritise accident hotspots on a ‘worst-first’ basis and Greystones was ranked the lowest risk in the list of proposed areas.

Coun Leigh Bramall, Sheffield Council’s cabinet member for highways, said: “Greystones will still be completed, but when the council has been cut so heavily we cannot roll out the zones as quickly as we would like to.”

Richard Attwood, of campaign group 20’s Plenty for Sheffield, said: “Areas being chosen to benefit from future 20mph schemes are being selected by their collision and injury statistics alone but it is only one reason why we should welcome them.

“There is increasing evidence lower speeds can seriously improve our collective health, our wealth and bring the feel-good factor that makes people want to live, work, learn and shop in vibrant, people-friendly localities.”