20mph zones could roll out across area in wake of Harlow Edwards campaign

Blanket 20mph zones could be rolled out across the local area as part of a radical road safety shake-up.

Perh and Kinross Council chiefs are relaxing regulations to make it easier for communities to qualify for go-slow streets.

The review was revealed to community councillors in Coupar Angus, where locals have been campaigning for tighter speed restrictions since two-year-old Harlow Edwards was knocked down and killed in October last year.

The current 20mph policy was adopted by the then-SNP administration almost exactly a year ago.

At the time, bosses rejected calls for a review by Liberal Democrat councillors who described it as “piece-meal” and ineffective.

The local authority considers a number of factors — road classification, traffic volumes, vehicle speeds and collision and casualty history, as well as layout and environment — before deciding whether an area qualifies for a compulsory 20mph limit.

Full details of the more flexible policy will be announced in the coming weeks. A consultation on future speed limits is expected to get under way in Coupar Angus in the new year.

Community council chairwoman Wendy McCombes said: “I feel this is a real victory for people power.

“Of course, Coupar Angus can’t take full credit but we have been campaigning and it looks like the council is listening.”