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Completed petition Road Safety: Reduce the speed on the A487 trunk road to 20mph through Penparcau, Aberystwyth.
A reduction in the A487 trunk road speed limit to 20mph within the populated urban community of Penparcau, which is home to over 1000 children, the highest in the county of Ceredigion, would enhance safety, promote well-being and encourage sustainability through alternative Active Travel options. The A487 facilitates access to a primary school, the Penparcau Community Forum's Community Hub facility, and provides the only means of access to the local Post Office and community shops.
Currently, the A487 forms a barrier between both sides of the residential areas of Penparcau. Reducing the speed limit from 30 to 20 mph will enable children and the local community to more safely access their local school, community activities (held at three adjacent community centres and halls), two churches, and a park- playground. Compliance with the Wellbeing of Future Generations Act is essential as it is imperative to lower the speed of the road in order to reduce carbon and pollution, and encourage more people to access Active Travel opportunities and local cycle infrastructure. This would enhance community safety, reduce pollution and promote sustainability, which in turn, would lead to fewer health inequalities within the local community.
As a former Communities First area with above-average multiple deprivation factors, this matter needs to be addressed by the Welsh Government as a matter of priority from a perspective of promoting social inclusion and tackling inequalities.
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