New 20mph zones proposed for roads around Sunderland schools - which streets are covered?

Attempts to make streets around Sunderland schools safer are set to be boosted with the introduction of new 20mph zones.

By The Newsroom
Tuesday, 26th June 2018, 6:04 pm
Updated Tuesday, 26th June 2018, 6:08 pm
Academy 360
Academy 360

Sunderland City Council published an order this week outlining plans for the next phase of reduced speed zones at 19 city schools.

Cabinet member for environment and transportation, Coun Amy Wilson, said: “As we have seen increases in traffic volumes on our roads, so we have seen more traffic outside our schools.

“All schemes have gateway signs which signal the start and end points of the 20mph zone with 20mph roundels on the road surface.”

She added: “There has been research and there is evidence that slower traffic speeds helps reduce the risk of collisions and of any casualties and injuries.

“Having 20mph speed zones also provides extra benefits such as health benefits by helping to increase walking or cycling, and benefits to the community.

“As most schools are in our city’s residential areas, introducing 20mph zones can have very positive benefits for residents at all times of the day, weekends and during school holidays.”

Although the plans have been welcomed by SCC’s opposition groups, calls have been made to extend the scheme further.

Conservative councillor Peter Wood, of St Michaels ward, questioned why Thornholme Road and Thornhill school had been “left out” of the proposals.

He added police had “limited resources” to tackle speeding and other issues outside schools – including vehicles stopping on  zig zag lines and in lay-bys – but that the new 20mph zones would help.

“Parents and carers have a responsibility to be responsible dropping off and picking up children,” he said.

Referencing the new 20mph zones, he added: “It’s a help and because it’s a help we’re certainly supportive of it.”

Deputy leader of the Liberal Democrats group, Coun Stephen O’Brien, also raised concerns about speeding around Broadway Junior School in Springwell Road which are not included in the plans.

“It’s a fantastic start but more needs to be done. The only concern is that it doesn’t go far enough,” he said.

The council originally held a programme of 20mph zones in 15 pilot areas with six introduced so far in Silksworth, Marley Potts, Plains Farm, Ford, Leechmere and Hetton.

This year, further 20mph schemes are being developed for Town End Farm and Redhouse with the remaining schemes to be developed over the next two to three years.

Future pilot areas include Concord, Biddick, Seaburn Dene, Pennywell, Hillview, Oxclose and Hall Farm.

Schools and roads set for 20mph zones include:

Academy 360, Grindon Hall and Pennywell Early Years

Palmerston Road, Parkhurst Road, Partick Road, Partick Square, Pelton Road, Penman Square, Pennywell Road, Penrose Road, Petersfield Road, Portsmouth Road, Portsmouth Road South Back, Portsmouth Square, Putney Square

Argyle House and Thornhill Park

Thornhill Park

Barnwell Academy and New Penshaw Academy

Allendale Crescent, Avondale Avenue, Bleasdale Crescent, Borrowdale Crescent, Burnham Close, Carlisle Crescent, Clydesdale Avenue, Elliot Close, Ennerdale Crescent, Eskdale, Ferndale Road, Langdale Road, Monument View, Ribblesdale, Sutton Close, Swaledale Crescent, Swaledale Crescent North Back, Teesdale Avenue, Thirkeld Place, Thornton Close, Tynedale Crescent, Weardale Crescent, Wharfedale, Whitefield Crescent, Woodland Terrace East Back

Biddick Academy

Ashley Close, Biddick Lane, Northumberland Way, Shap Close, Whitby Drive

Burnside Academy

Brinkburn Crescent, Leyburn Close, Leyburn Grove, Newburn Crescent

Dame Dorothy Primary

Dock Street

East Rainton Primary

Broadmeadows, Longacre, Rivermead, Southcroft

Fatfield Primary

Broadmeadows, Longacre, Rivermead, Southcroft

Grange Park Primary

Bond Close, Eglington Street North, Empress Street, Netherburn Road, Netherburn Road East Back, Nettleham Road, Newbold Avenue, North Street, Northwood Court, Pilgrim Close, Ross Street, Ross Street East Back, Swan Street, Street East Back, Wallace Street East Back, Wayman Street

Grindon Infants

Gleneagles Road, Gleneagles Square

Lambton Primary

Bredon Close, Caradoc Close, Chiltern Close, Hambleton Road, Helvellyn Avenue, Howardian Close, Lomond Close, Malvern Road, Mentieth Close

Oxclose Academy Primary and Nursery

Brancepeth Road, Dilston Close, Raby Road

Plains Farm Academy and Nursery

Plains Road, Portland Road, Portland Square, Powis Road, Scruton Avenue and Durham Road 169 to eastern extent, Powis Square, Sacriston Avenue, Saxon Crescent, Scruton Avenue, Tudor Grove

South Hylton Primary

Albion Street, Albion Street East Back, Cambria Street, Kepier Gardens, Laburnum Close, Lavender Street, Lilac Street, New Street, Primrose Street, Railway Terrace South Back, Union Street, Violet Street, William Street East Back

Springwell Village Primary

Albion Terrace, Aldsworth Close, Badger Mews, Beech Grove, Belmont Terrace North Back, Charlbury Close, Fell Road, Heugh Hill, Highworth Drive, Meadowfield, Oakwood Close, Peareth Hall Road, Shelley Avenue, Springwell Road, Stafford Villas, Stoney Lane, Uplands Way, Westfield Terrace East Back, Windsor Road, Wingrove Terrace North Back, Wordsworth Crescent

Sunningdale School

Shaftoe Road, Shaftoe Square, Silloth Road, Strathmore Road, Strathmore Square

Thorney Close Primary

Thirsk Road, Torquay Road

Washington Secondary School

Beverley Court South Back, Brindley Road, Council Terrace West Back, Hertburn Gardens, Shafto Terrace East Back, Spout Lane

Wessington Primary

Dryburgh, Lanercost, Newstead Court, Rosehip Court

Documents giving more detail of the order can also be inspected at several locations across Sunderland during normal opening hours. These include the council’s customer services centre in 31-32 Fawcett Street, Houghton Library and Customer Services Centre, 74 Newbottle Street, and Washington Town Centre Library, The Galleries.

Objections and other comments related to the order should be posted to E.Waugh, Head of Law and Governance, P.O.Box 100, Civic Centre, Burdon Road, Sunderland, SR2 7DN.

Residents have until July 10 to give their feedback on the 20mph school plans.

Chris Binding , Local Democracy Reporting Service