Push for change to speed limit

Residents in Penwortham have approached Clare and Gilbert Valleys Council in regards to reducing the speed limit through the town.
Residents in Penwortham have approached Clare and Gilbert Valleys Council in regards to reducing the speed limit through the town.

Speed limits in Penwortham could be set to change.

Residents in Penwortham wrote a letter to Clare and Gilbert Valleys Council earlier this month seeking their support to reduce the speed limit through the settlement to 60 kilometres/hour.

A small sub-committee made up of 15 residents and business owners have identified 10 risk locations on the Horrocks Highway which runs through the town.

These risks would be addressed if the speed limit was reduced.

This included school drop off and pick up near the Horrocks Memorial, which is also used by Yorke Peninsula Coaches, cyclists crossing the Horrocks Highway from the Riesling Trial and visitors entering and exiting the Mocandunda restaurant and cellar door.

In order for the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure to proceed with the change, council would first need to support the proposal.

At the August 20 ordinary council meeting, Councillors voted that further consultation with the public was needed before a decision could be made.

It is hoped that the consultation will finish before the next ordinary meeting in September and that a decision will be reached before council enters caretaker mode.

This is the second community in the Clare Valley who has proposed a reduction in speed limit through their town.

In June, council supported the Watervale community’s bid to reduce the speed through the town from 60km/h to 50km/h.