Speed limit cut after boy spots road mistake

114334-015_SPEED_LIMIT_BOY_SR_10/12/11'Toby Phillips (11) who convinced Portsmouth City Council to lower the speed limit to 20 mph in the road he lives in at Eastney, Centurion Gate.''PIcture:Steve Reid 114334-015
114334-015_SPEED_LIMIT_BOY_SR_10/12/11'Toby Phillips (11) who convinced Portsmouth City Council to lower the speed limit to 20 mph in the road he lives in at Eastney, Centurion Gate.''PIcture:Steve Reid 114334-015
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SCHOOLboy Toby Phillips has persuaded a council to cut the speed limit in his road.

He wrote to Portsmouth City Council after realising his street – Centurion Gate, in Eastney – was one of only a handful not to have a 20mph speed limit.

In his letter, Toby told council leader Gerald Vernon-Jackson of the dangers he faced when playing outside on his scooter and warned that he felt unsafe in the 30mph zone.

And much to the youngster’s delight, the council decided to enforce a 20mph limit on the road at a transport committee meeting.

Toby said: ‘I was a bit surprised when I found out they had changed the limit because I wasn’t expecting them to do it.

‘But I’m so happy they did because it will make me feel a lot safer when I’m out on my scooter.

‘Before I used to always be worried that a car would come racing along the street and I wouldn’t have time to get away from it.

‘So I was always panicking about that, while trying not to fall off my scooter at the same time. It was a lot of pressure.’

The youngster added: ‘I’m proud that they listened to me.

‘Hopefully it will inspire other kids to change things they see a problem with, especially dangerous things.’

Temporary signs have been put in place until permanent ones are installed in the coming weeks.

Toby’s dad Jason added: ‘He’s always been a bit of a go-getter and I’m so proud that he went out of his way to do something about it.

‘Lots of kids, and adults too, would see a problem like that and moan about it, but not bother to do anything.

‘It was really pro-active of him to contact the council, and he’s proved that people can actually do something about the area they live in.’

Across the city, 94 per cent of residential streets have 20mph limit restrictions.

The council said the fact Centurion Gate had remained at 30mph was an oversite on its behalf and thanked Toby for bringing the matter to its attention.

Transport boss, Cllr Jason Fazackerley, said: ‘I’d like to thank Toby for getting in touch.

‘We rely on residents being our eyes and ears and, although we can’t guarantee we’ll agree everything, we can guarantee that we’ll look into each suggestion.’