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York Council 20mph Policy Attacked


4:11pm 23rd April 2013
(Updated 10:39am 24th April 2013)

Liberal Democrat Councillors have hit out at Labour’s decision to enforce a blanket 20mph programme in residential areas.

The decision, which was rubber-stamped last week by Labour’s Cabinet Member for Transport, Planning and Sustainability, would cost taxpayers over £600,000.

The City of York Council want to see the speed limit introduced on residential roads in West York and the continued development of a city-wide programme.

Acomb, Holgate, Dringhouses and Woodthorpe and Westfield will become the first Wards to e considered for the lowered speed limits.

The scheme is hoped to help promote considerate driving, making walking and cycling more attractive and raise confidence in the safety of local neighbourhoods.

Inspector Michael Barron of North Yorkshire Police’s Roads Policing Group, said:

“Speeding is one of the major concerns highlighted by members of the public. Not only is it inappropriate and excessive speed a cause of deaths and serious injuries, but it can affect people’s quality of life.

By reducing the speed limits through residential area, noise pollution will be reduced and the environment will feel safer for all road users and pedestrians alike”.

However, the policy has been heavily criticised for a lack of public support, doubts over its effectiveness and confusion over how it will be enforced.

The planned introduction is set to be in place in spring/summer this year and will ensure that the majority of residential roads and neighbourhoods will have a lower speed limit to help reduce speeds where people live.

Cllr Ann Reid, Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Transport, commented:

“Residents I speak to want to see money spent on enforcing existing limits and a targeted use of 20mphs plus other safety initiatives. They simply can’t understand why labour is spending money on a policy which fails to take account of local road conditions.

I am calling on Labour to listen to the views of residents and target spending on specific traffic and speeding problems across York”.

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