Dullingham council finally wins 16-year speed limit fight

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Residents of Dullingham have won a 16-year-fight to reduce the speed limit on the main road through their village.

A proposal by the parish council came top of 18 schemes submitted from East Cambridgeshire for funding by the county council’s highway authority and as a result it will receive nearly £5,000 towards the total cost of £5,500.

Parish council chairman Keith Owen said: “This is a triumph and a big victory for us. We are very pleased.

“We have three main junctions along the B1061 and at all three we have had fatalities. As a result the parish council has been campaigning to get a speed limit reduction to 30mph.”

He said once the measures were in place, the council would be following up by doing its own speed checks and if the results were poor they would be asking police to get involved. “We hope the highway authority will look at more traffic calming measures in addition to the speed reduction,” he said.

Also benefiting from funding will be Soham Town Council which will get £10,000 toward the £20,000 cost of a new zebra crossing in Pratt Street.

Calls for the crossing were led by town councillors Chris Palmer and Geoffrey Woollard. Cllr Woollard said there had been unanimous backing for the crossing, which would make it safer for pedestrians including the children of nearby Weatheralls Primary School.

He added there were already hundreds of homes on both sides of Pratt Street, and the proposed Eastern Gateway development in Soham would bring 600 more.

As Cambridgeshire County Council had allocated just £50,990 to East Cambridgeshire schemes, 11 missed out on funding. These included speed reduction measures in Kennett, Chippenham, Fordham and Burrough Green.