Speed Limit Proposals In Barston, Catherine De Barnes And Balsall Common

Following initial discussions with Parish Councils, the Police and Ward Members, Solihull Council (SMBC) is currently consulting upon a package of speed limit proposals in the Barston/Catherine de Barnes/Balsall Common area of Solihull.

The proposals are the result of a review of limits on C and unclassified (local) roads in the Borough, based on guidance produced by the Department for Transport. It took into account a wide variety of factors including road characteristics, number of properties, existing vehicle speeds and use of the road for leisure. SMBC recognises that the existing national speed limit of 60mph is not appropriate for many of these local roads and have put forward proposals which they believe will improve safety and quality of life for local residents, cyclists and walkers, whilst also being considered reasonable by the majority of drivers.

Commenting, local MP Caroline Spelman said: “This a golden opportunity for residents of the three villages and those who use local roads to put forward their views on a matter which affects them all. SMBC is actively inviting views to help them determine the best and most agreeable way forward in each case and will consider all requests.”

The formal consultation with residents and road users will run until the 20th May 2013 and the outcome will be reported to the Transport and Highways Cabinet Member later this year. Further information and background can be found at www.solihull.gov.uk/roadworks. There are two pdfs attached to this release to help. Any comments may be emailed to jlee@solihull.gov.uk , submitted using the online survey or sent by post to Mr Lee Stevenson, Governance Directorate, Solihull Council, Council House, Manor Square, Solihull, B91 3QB.