Speed ​​limit on Portland Beach Road could be reduced

The speed limit on Portland Beach Road could be reduced years after a campaign to change the speed limit was launched.

Wyke Regis Dorset Councilor Kate Wheller said the two schemes, for a lowering of the Portland Beach Road speed limit from 60mph to 50mph, and for a resident parking scheme at Ebor Road in Wyke Regis , seemed to disappear with the creation of Dorset Council.

Dorset Council now says that if they are to be considered they will need the support of Weymouth City Council who will have to make a formal request.

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Cllr Wheller says a petition to reduce the 60mph section of the beach road was discussed on the last day of Dorset County Council following a petition from residents when it was promised that the idea would be read.

In early 2019, Cllr Wheller says he presented a petition asking for a resident parking scheme for Ebor Road, Wyke Regis.

“The officer said that since there were only 7 names on the petition they would not pursue the matter – they were advised that there were only 7 houses on Ebor Road and all residents had signed the petition. The officers told me they would reconsider the plan; that too appears to have been lost,’ Cllr Wheller told Dorset Council’s Cabinet meeting this week.

Motorways portfolio holder Cllr Ray Bryan confirmed at the meeting that a petition had been received calling for a reduction in the speed limit of the A354 Beach Road in early 2018 which, it was agreed, should be considered, pending the support of Dorset Police and Weymouth and Portland Borough Council, as it then was.

Traffic on Portland Beach Road, the only road to and from Portland

Cllr Bryan says a counter petition was then received and it was decided to drop the idea, but he says it could be reconsidered if there is a request from Weymouth City Council.

He said: ‘Regarding the resident parking scheme for Ebor Road, Wyke Regis. The first step for residents is to ensure that support from local or parish councils has been granted for a residents scheme, Dorset Council can begin a review once support has been secured.

“Currently there are a number of locations in Dorset where we are looking at the potential for residential developments which will be considered as part of the next phase of parking transformation,”

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