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Lewes to become 20mph speed zone
Lewes is set to become a 20mph zone from as early as next month.
Speed limits will be reduced across most of Lewes town centre in an attempt to make the area safer, cleaner and quieter.
The plans, which will go before East Sussex County Council’s planning committee on Wednesday, February 13, are expected to be agreed by members.
In June last year, the county council unveiled the proposals to residents and businesses.
Some 366 responded to the “informal consultation” with 78% of those supporting the new limit.
Councillor Ruth O’Keeffe, who represents Lewes on the county council, said the scheme has widespread support.
She added: “I think it is perfect for a town centre such as Lewes.
“Most people drive sensibly anyway but this will act as a reminder to those who don’t. I will be fully supporting it.”
Council transport bosses estimate the average speed of traffic in town is currently 24mph.
As a result, the scheme will be introduced without changes such as cameras or new road humps. Instead, a series of 20mph signs will be installed.
If accepted, most of the town centre roads north of the High Street would be subject to the limit.
The likes of Market Street, West Street, Eastgate Street and North Street will all be in the 20mph zones along with Little East Street, East Street, Albion Street and Sun Street.
Additionally, a small pocket of roads to the south west of the centre are to be included such as Bell Lane, Jugg’s Close, Jugg’s Road and Kingston Road.
In a report to the committee, Rupert Club, the council’s director of economy, transport and environment, said: “The 20mph speed limit scheme, which Lewes Town Council has agreed to partially fund, aims to improve the living environment in the town centre with particular benefits for pedestrians and cyclists.”
The proposal comes just weeks after Brighton and Hove City Council imposed a 20mph limit on most of the city centre roads.
Coun O’Keeffe added: “One of the reasons these schemes are popular is because they don’t cost a great deal of money.
“The town council will be spending something like £5,000 for signs and road painting.”
The committee will decide on the plans at 10.30am at County Hall, Lewes.
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