|Slides from talk|
Long have we campaigned for a 20 mph in the two Parishes - see here demo last year in Whiteshill. See here why 20 mph is the way to go and on the 20 mph label for lots lots more about 20 mph. Well now Highways have finally sorted the direction they intend to go in the light of cuts of 30% to Highways.
The way forward came partly out of a County Scrutiny meeting which reported on actions needed. I can't do justice to the talk but basically there are three ways forward - see slide one.
The crucial question is with limited resources how best should the two Parishes reduce speed - an issue that gets a mention more than most other items on the doorstep. As the last slide on this blog post from recent speed tests shows it is partly a perception of speed rather than speed itself - but nevertheless speed is still above 20 mph and also looking at some of the sites shows that infact speed maybe higher at some other sites.....
So should we pursue a 20 mph mandatory speed limit? Many have wished for this and for me it is about changing our culture - 20 mph should be the norm in all residential areas - my report linked earlier has plenty of arguments why it is needed - reduced casualties, increased cycling and walking, more pleasant neighbourhoods etc.
Would money be better spent on gateways that reduce speeds coming into the village and other traffic calming measures?
Ideally we need both in my view. Traffic engineers will likely recommend traffic calming over the mandatory speed limits but it is up to the community to decide - the next step is to establish another working party to look at all this - oh dear how slow all this moves - no wonder people get disillusioned with local government - it was back in 2006 it was reported to us by the then county councillor that the mandatory 20 mph was all but certain - since then we have had endless confusion and misinformation. Having said that now there is a clear process set out by the County and I am optimistic of at least finding a way forward.
Highways will be doing the same talk to Whiteshill and Ruscombe Parish Council meeting on Thursday 12th January 2012 at 7.30pm in Whiteshill Village Hall on Main Road. All welcomed - it is a public meeting.