Inglewood community group puts forward petition to slow traffic on Beaufort St

AN Inglewood community group is a step closer to slowing down cars on Beaufort Street to reclaim a “village vibe” after a 450-|signature petition was tabled with the City of Stirling.

Inglewood on Beaufort (IOB) community network is pushing for a 40km/h speed zone along Beaufort Street from Walcott Street in Mt Lawley to Wood and Nelson streets in Inglewood, which would flash 40km/h at peak periods but return to 60km/h afterwards.

IOB secretary Damien Giudici said cars used “excessive” speed on the stretch, which had caused many car accidents and near misses.

“Beaufort Street through the Mt Lawley town centre used to suffer the same affliction until the City of Vincent, Main Roads and community groups implemented a variable 40km/h speed zone,” he said.

Mr Giudici said there was a 40km/h zone for the Inglewood Night Markets but locals wanted it to be permanent.

The City requested a lowering of the speed limit in 2005 and 2009 but Main Roads rejected the submissions on grounds that drivers would not comply with a limit and the road environment was not conducive to a lower speed.

Stirling engineering design manager Paul Giamov said the City would do revised traffic count surveys to submit to Main Roads.