|Headline years ago when we called for 20|
Anyway here is the letter:
Whiteshill, Ruscombe and Randwick have long sought lower traffic speeds, indeed one ex-councillor started campaigning more than 33 years ago! Well now after some serious disappointments over previous years, the Parish Councils are at the first stage of the County’s Big Community Offer scheme to introduce a 20 mph on most roads in the two Parishes. A consultation process with residents is being launched this month to determine if the scheme goes forward.
Reducing speeds is repeatedly high on residents list of concerns. In 2009 over 400 local residents signed a petition requesting lower speeds and both the Parish Plans call for 20 mph limits. Indeed locally we have cross-party support for the move. 30mph is just too fast for the mix of narrow roads, parked cars and limited or non-existent footpaths, especially for children, dog walkers and cyclists.
We all know that 20 mph is safer. If you are driving at 30 mph and someone run's out three car lengths in front of you, you will hit them at 27mph; that is the equivalent to falling from the third floor of a building. At 20 mph you will stop just in time. On average five people lose their lives on roads in England and Wales every day, 63 sustain serious injuries and hundreds of others suffer other injuries. Why take the risk?
20 mph is also about reinforcing positive aspects of our villages, reducing noise, discouraging through traffic and it has also been shown to lead to more people feeling safer to walk and cycle. In urban areas 20 has been shown to lengthen average journey times by only 30 seconds.
The idea of 20 limits over a wider area is about getting the message across that it is unacceptable to drive more than 20 mph in a residential area. Lancashire have adopted countywide 20 mph, while Portsmouth's 20 scheme has cut serious injuries and deaths by 22%. As one of those who has long worked for 20 mph locally and over all residential areas, I fully support this latest move by our Parish Councils.
Cllr Philip Booth, Stroud District councillor for Randwick, Whiteshill and Ruscombe ward
See my report to County re why we need 20 mph: