Stirling Council is continuing its efforts to improve public safety and reduce emissions by introducing a 20mph limit on a selection of streets in the area.
20 mph Road Sign

The local authority has allocated £40,000 of funding from its annual budget for the measures, which will benefit neighbourhoods in Fintry, Kippen, Doune and parts of Stirling and Dunblane.

The decision follows request from these communities for a speed limit reduction, with backing from local community councils and other groups, including parent councils.

Along with improving safety in residential areas, the move will cut Stirling’s carbon footprint, reduce the perception of active travel risk and help tackle obesity by supporting physical activity.

The proposal was approved at Tuesday’s (1 Oct) meeting of the Council’s Planning and Regulation Panel, with the various projects due for completion before the end of the current financial year (31 March, 2020).

Overwhelming support

Convener of the Panel, Cllr Alasdair MacPherson said: “This important safety initiative has been based on a rigorous engagement process with residents. It has overwhelming support from communities and I am delighted that it has been approved.

“This measure also shows our commitment as a Council to tackle climate change and encourage active travel across the Stirling area, whether that be walking or cycling.”

During the consultation process, there were no objections to the proposals from residents or community groups in Fintry, Kippen, Doune or Stirling. 

Although six objections were received from Dunblane, there were 11 letters in favour from local residents, along with support from the Community Council and representatives from the Parent Council, the Scout Association and Cycling UK.

The scheme will help deliver the ambitions in the Council’s Local Transport Strategy, which was published in 2017 and sets out how the local authority will help people and goods move around Stirling safely over the next 10 years.

Safe, sustainable and attractive places to visit

Vice Convener of the Panel, Cllr Danny Gibson said: “These lower speed limits have been developed in accordance with national guidelines and following a thorough consultation with residents in communities.

“We want our communities be safe, sustainable and attractive places to visit, and the introduction of this initiative will help us achieve these key priorities and deliver a wider range of health benefits.”

To see the full list of roads with the new 20mph speed limit, visit the Stirling Council website.

Background info:

Speed limits are determined in accordance with national guidelines and are based on various factors including the level of development adjacent to the road, the accident record of the road and the current speed of vehicles on the road. More information is available on the Stirling Council website