South London residents have asked the local council for a 20mph speed limit to be added to their road, as a local councillor claimed pets have been killed by cars “flying down” the street.

Greenwich Council has been asked to consider adding a 20mph zone to Green Lane in New Eltham.

The topic was discussed at a Greenwich Council meeting on Wednesday (December 6).

Conservative Councillor Pat Greenwell sent a written question to Labour Councillor Averil Lekau as to why Green Lane was not being considered for a 20mph zone.

She claimed that residents and councillors had been asking for the speed calming measure on the stretch between Footscray Road and the Fiveways junction for several years.

Cllr Greenwell said at the meeting: “It’s badly needed because local residents, as I said, have asked for it for years.

"A lot of animals, pets, have been killed by people because they come flying down the A20 and people’s cars have been damaged, so please could it be a priority after all this time?”

Cllr Lekau, Cabinet Member for Climate Change, Environment and Transport for Greenwich Council, said at the meeting that she had empathy with Cllr Greenwell’s concerns for the road.

The councillor responded to the question by saying the council’s transport strategy included potentially adding a 20mph limit across all streets in the borough.

She added that a feasibility study was taking place at Green Lane to find ways to improve the issue on the street.

She said: “We will continue to work on identifying areas where 20mph limits are appropriate, and providing that it fits with the borough’s wider strategy for 20mph speed limit areas which we are currently developing, we will consider adding Green Lane to the borough’s Road Safety prioritisation list as part of our delivery programme for the upcoming years, in regards to our corridor networks.”

The cabinet member pointed out that Transport for London was also lowering speed limits on sections of road such as the A205 and A20.

She added that the council will continue to work with the transport authority on schemes to improve roads in the borough.