20 is plenty say Warwickshire town councillors - The Stratford Observer

20 is plenty say Warwickshire town councillors

Stratford Editorial 10th Mar, 2022   0

TOWN councillors are campaigning to install a 20mph speed limit across as many Warwickshire communities as possible.

The Warwickshire branch of a nationwide campaign ’20’s Plenty’ is lobbying for parish and town councils to pass motions for 20mph in town streets to then be considered by Warwickshire County Council (WCC).

The group says seven parishes have already passed motions of support with many more on agendas but there is still more work to do.

Shipston residents are among the latest to push for the change with an 1,080 strong petition presented to full council recently.

The group wants to see an introduction model similar to that in nearby Oxfordshire. Its allocation of 20mph limits is based on a ‘phased area wide application with a mix of built-up areas, towns and rural villages’. It has a broadly based community-led partnership where the county council funds signs and markings with town and parish councils expected to fund any extra solutions.

The group says 20mph speed limit is seven times safer than a 30mph limit, it will encourage more people to walk or cycle and decrease pollution by a quarter.

Group member and former Green Party candidate Dave Passingham said: “Warwickshire County Council must urgently rethink its allocation plan for 20mph limits, so everyone gets them in towns and villages. Please tell Coun Wallace Redford, the Portfolio Holder for Transport, to support signed 20mph limits for all.

“The county council is considering the decision on what new 20mph policy to adopt in April so its crucial that people ask now for the policy that gives 20mph to as many communities as possible, as it’s a low cost solution with a host of proven benefits.”

The group is holding a meeting on Zoom on Tuesday March 22 at 7pm.

Email Dave Passingham [email protected] for information on the group.

And to contact Coun Redford regarding implementing 20mph speed limits, email [email protected].

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