Colin Beattie, MSP for Midlothian North and Musselburgh, has today in the Scottish Parliament received a petition for a 20 mph speed limit to be set within Fala Village.
Jenny Grahame, as a representative for all residents of Fala Village, collected local support for this blanket limit taking in the entire village, most importantly around the local nursery and children’s play park.
The residents are fully behind the petition for a 20 mph speed limit, being very concerned about the lack of footpaths within Fala Village and the risk that speeding cars pose to children and other walkers along the roads in the village.
Colin Beattie MSP commented:
“I’ve been involved with this campaign for some time and as early as the end of June I wrote to council to urge them to look into the possibility of establishing a speed limit for Fala Village.It is important to establish safeguards like speed limits to protect the welfare of everyone in our community. We know that many children cross the road to get to their play park, and that one of the busiest roads runs right past the nursery.
"We must enact precautions such as these to allow our young children a safe atmosphere as they begin to develop road safety awareness.We are also aware that Fala Village has a large elderly population, who may not be as mobile as they used to. A speed limit would give these residents the freedom to be out and about without the fear of oncoming drivers. Setting a speed limit will reduce the risk of injuries and accidents while increasing driver awareness, creating a safer environment for the residents of Fala Village.
"I look forward to handing over this petition to the council and I strongly hope that they will respect the needs of the residents of Fala Village and take the sensible step in securing their safety.”