Entire South Shields estate could become 20mph zone

Westoe Crown Village is to have new speed restrictions introduced
Westoe Crown Village is to have new speed restrictions introduced

A crackdown on speeding motorists could see roads on an entire estate in South Tyneside turned into a 20mph zone.

South Tyneside Council has proposed an order under the Road Traffic Regulations Act to reduce the speed limit on the Westoe Crown Village estate in South Shields.

Westoe Crown Village is to have new speed restrictions introduced

Westoe Crown Village is to have new speed restrictions introduced

The speed limit reduction would cover all streets in the area, plus Bents Park Road in a south westerly direction for its entire length.

There is currently a one- way system in place outside of Westoe Crown Primary School and the nearby shops – which are on a circular access road off Sea Winnings Way.

However, there are plans to move a ‘No Entry’ sign next to the Tesco store back by 80 metres so it is closer to the school.

This means drivers will be able to get to the shops from both ends of the circular access road – but they will only be able to pass the school in a clockwise direction.

I think a 20mph speed limit would be great.

Gavin Wells, a father-of-two

A South Tyneside Council spokesman said: “We are committed to improving road safety, particularly for our vulnerable road users, such as schoolchildren, pedestrians and cyclists.

“Following some concerns about road safety at Westoe Crown Village, the council is proposing to introduce a 20mph zone across a number of streets as well as to relocate a No Entry road restriction in the area at the front of Westoe Crown Primary School and the adjacent shopping area.

“The scheme would not only help to make the area outside the school safer but help to improve access to the shops.”

Gavin Wells, whose two daughters attend the primary school, has welcomed the plans.

The 38-year-old infrastructure support engineer said: “I think the introduction of a 20mph speed limit through the village would be great as I have seen cars speeding up from Bents Park Road and also along Sea Winnings Way.

“There are nearly 800 children in Westoe Crown Primary and I think it’s just a matter of time before there is a accident.

“Another thing which drivers don’t pay attention to is the one way system round the school.

“Myself and friends have seen people drive straight through the no entry sign at Tesco because they’ve being too lazy to drive round and they just want access to the shops, so if it’s moved back then this will put an end to that.”

l People are encouraged to submit their comments to South Tyneside Council by the closing date of January 25.