20mph Zones - Labour's sham consultation
21/01/2017 09:08:00......Posted by Tim Pollard
Our Labour Council has a policy to introduce 20 MPH roads across the borough, covering the vast majority of roads, with the exception of a few arterial roads, such as Brighton Road, Sanderstead Hill and Addington Road
Different people have different views as to the need for these 20 MPH zones, but if implemented will operate 365 days a years and 24 hours a day.
Two zones in the north have marginally voted in favour of the scheme and now it is our turn to tell the Council what we want. The Council started its consultation on the 18th January and it will run until the 15th February. They will deliver a leaflet with the full details to each household. The details will also be on the Council’s website. The consultation is not a simple yes or no vote; you will be asked to explain why you object, if you do, to the proposal and it will relate to all roads in the zone you live in to be 20MPH. This is a departure from how the previous two zones were consulted on so it is very important for you to respond giving your reasons. In summary the first two zones in the north of the borough had an opportunity to vote yes or no in an opinion survey, but the two zones covering the south and parts of the centre of the borough won’t have that opportunity. We believe this is deeply unfair and possibly discriminatory. However, it is what we've got.
This is an all or nothing approach so you will be expressing your view for the whole zone you live in. For example, Zone 4 covers Croham, Fairfield, Fieldway, Heathfield, New Addington, Sanderstead (part), Selsdon and Ballards and Shirley (part). Zone 5 covers Coulsdon East. Coulsdon West, Kenley, Purely, Sanderstead (part) and Waddon. Each Zone is consulted on separately, so if you have an objection you will need to submit it to both consultations. You will, of course, only have had the leaflet delivered which relates to the zone your house is in, so as Sanderstead is split in two we have attached this document which contains maps of both areas to help you see which roads around you are excluded.
As your local councillors we have a number of concerns raised with us about this blanket approach scheme by residents. We asked the Council to consider doing only problem hot-spots and areas of specific need such as outside schools, medical facilities and elderly care homes. They refused.
Whilst we all realise that accidents at low speeds cause less injury and damage there are a number of reasons why a scheme across the whole zone has raised concerns too. The concerns that have been raised with us are:-
- At low speed pollution is greater
- The police at the first scrutiny meeting on 20MPH zones said they would not enforce it.
- If there is no (or minimal) enforcement pedestrians have a false sense of security.
- This does not cover the main roads where the higher number/ most serious accidents are.
- Each Zone costs £300K to implement (£1.5M for the whole scheme) and only targeting specific hot spots is better value for money.
- Spending this money on blanket signage means real physical traffic calming and road safety measures don't get done.
- Every road in the zone, at all times, eg 2am will be 20 MPH, just as much as rush-hour
- That this scheme will not prevent inconsiderate / bad drivers who are the cause of many accidents (often by ignoring existing higher speed limits).
- That current 20MPH zones outside schools will lose their significance and could become more dangerous.
If you do not receive the information from the Council by the 25th January please do let us know, so we can ensure you have the opportunity to make your views known.
Please do contact us if you have any questions.