Dear South Ayrshire Council,
Can you please tell me South Ayrshire Council's policy on 20 mph speed limits? I would specifically like to know how many areas the Council has with a 20 mph speed limit, if these exist in residential areas, and if they exist without traffic calming.
If the Council does not have 20 mph speed limits, particularly in residential areas, what, if any plans does it have to introduce them?
Houston Community Council
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Thank you for your recent enquiry which was given the above reference
1. Can you please tell me South Ayrshire Council's policy on 20 mph speed
limits? I would specifically like to know how many areas the Council has
with a 20 mph speed limit, if these exist in residential areas, and if
they exist without traffic calming.
There is no specific policy in South Ayrshire Council with respect to
20mph speed limits, however the Council’s Leadership Panel instructed the
ARA to progress proposals for the design and implementation of 20mph
schemes within all towns and villages in South Ayrshire. We have limited
20mph limits currently in place, predominantly around schools and adjacent
streets however these are currently being reviewed/ expanded as considered
appropriate. Further details on these is referenced in Question 2.
2. If the Council does not have 20 mph speed limits, particularly in
residential areas, what if any plans does it have to introduce them?
The first phase of 20mph schemes were recently approved at the Council’s
Regulatory Panel of 12th November – with schemes for Barrhill, Colmonell,
Dailly, Maidens, Minishant and Pinwherry approved by members.
A link to the proposals as presented to Regulatory Panel is provided
Future phases are due to come forward for consultation/ consideration
shortly, with the second phase of 20mph scheme proposals due to be
advertised in the local press next week and will be published in the
public domain within 14 days.
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