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West Berkshire Council has begun a consultation on 30mph limit in Crockham Heath on a stretch of unnamed road which goes past Enborne Primary School.
It is proposed that part of Church Lane will also drop to 30mph, where there are some houses.
Currently there is a sign with flashing lights warning drivers to slow down close to the school, installed as part of West Berkshire Council’s traffic management and road safety programme 2011/12, however drivers have consistently ignored it.
According to the district councillor for Kintbury, Anthony Stansfeld (Con), police had considered the speed limit on the rural road unenforceable, and he had called for an actual reduction in the limit and signage to be put in place.
Council records show that the matter was raised by the Kintbury councillor Andrew Rowles as far back as 2004.
In response, a highways officer Andrew Garratt advised that he would look in to the matter and report back, but no action was taken.
Thames Valley Police did not respond when approached for comment.
The council said that the order was necessary “in the interests of road safety for school pupils and local residents” to reduce the speed of traffic and to introduce a speed limit “consistent with the speed limits in other settlements throughout West Berkshire”.
The consultation will end on Wednesday, September 12.



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