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We want a 20 mph limit in our roads, too; SPEEDING PLEA: Residents of little-known area of city call for zone to be extended.

Byline: By Dean Valler

RESIDENTS in a part of Coventry they fondly regard as "a village" are calling for a 20 mph speed limit in their roads.

The residents of Stoke Park claim cars often career around the tight streets in the neighbourhood.

The speed limit in nearby Brays Lane, Stoke, between Binley Road and Walsgrave Road, has already been reduced from 30 mph to 20mph past Sacred Heart RC Primary School.

Now Stoke Park Residents' Group is lobbying Coventry City Council to bring in the same limit in five roads - North Avenue, East Avenue, South Avenue, West Avenue and Central Avenue.

The group's chairman, grandfather-of-four Geoff Barnacle, aged 73, has lived in East Avenue for 30 years and said a safe route for children to get to school was the residents' prime concern.

The former Rolls-Royce worker said: "It does seem absurd to make Brays Lane 20 mph and not the roads in Stoke Park.

"We even have a sign on entry to South Avenue which signifies the end of the 20mph zone and tells drivers they can accelerate to 30mph.

"The work in Brays Lane was part of the city council's Safer Routes to Schools scheme and we believe it should be extended to include Stoke Park."

Brian and Florian Barker, who have lived in East Avenue for 27 years and have two grown-up children, claimed reducing the speed limit in Stoke Park should be a "priority".

Mrs Barker, aged 62, who worked in the library of Coventry University for 15 years, said: "You cannot just reduce the speed in Brays Lane and not include other surrounding streets.

Mr Barker, aged 61, a retired senior manager for Sainsbury's area office in Queen's Road, city centre, added: "I don't think a lot of people even realise we're here and that's the way we like it but we would appreciate having our speed limit lowered in keeping with Brays Lane."

As we went to press there was good news for the residents.

A spokesman for Coventry City Council said: "We can confirm that we propose to extend the 20mph zone that has just been implemented in Brays Lane to include all five avenues."

He said the proposal was subject to a safety audit and other procedures.


D33316_1 CAMPAIGN... Geoff Barnacle (back) with Florian and Brian Barker, in Stoke Park. Picture: Michelle Sperry
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Apr 5, 2006
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