Pupils’ plea for 20mph limit

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PUPILS at the Fylde’s biggest school are making a plea for a lower speed limit outside their premises.

As Lytham St Annes shapes up for 20mph zones being introduced to residential roads over the next 12 months or so, School Council members at Lytham St Annes Technology and Performing Arts College want to make sure adjoining Albany Road is included.

With 20mph zones already introduced in Freckleton, Warton and some rural Fylde villages, a consultation period over where they will be in Kirkham and Wesham is now complete.

The lower limit locations in much of Lytham are set to be advertised before the end of March, with the new limits set to be introduced in the summer.

St Annes and Ansdell — including the Technology and Performing Arts College — are likely to be the subject of a consultation period later this year and County Coun Tim Ashton, in charge of the county’s road policy, is confident the new limits will cover the whole of Fylde by early 2013.

But, amid fears that Albany Road outside the school could be exempt from the lower limit rule because it is a main route and in the wake of two minor collisions involving pupils on the road, the Student Council has set up a petition to show support for a 20mph limit.

Coun Ashton has already met School Council members and is set for a return visit next week.

Sixth former Greg Anderton, chair of the Student Council, said: “It is the Student Council’s responsibility to support any matters of concern which affect our fellow students.

“We are very heartened by the response from parents and students who have responded so favourably to the petition.”

Headteacher Philip Wood said “I have been very impressed by our students for taking this initiative. They have been pressing their case for a long time now and are very disappointed that the dangers are being ignored.”