Monday, 9 January 2017

A letter from Cllr Bashford re: the 20Mph Limit in the South of the Borough


Dear Resident

The Council have a policy to introduce 20 MPH roads across the borough, these will cover the majority of roads, with the exception of a few arterial roads, such as Brighton Road 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 will start 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 consultation 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.

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.

As your local councillors we have a number of concerns raised with us about this blanket approach scheme. We asked the Council to consider 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.
• Every road in the zone, at all times, eg 2am will be 20 MPH
• That this scheme will not prevent inconsiderate / bad drivers who are the cause of many accidents.
• That current 20MPH zones outside schools will lose their significance and 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.

Yours sincerely

Cllr Sara Bashford

1 comment:

  1. Hello, I usually never get facts get in the way of a good opinion but in this case your list exclusively contradicts all the evidence out there so I'd like to set this straight:
    • At low speed pollution is greater - No it isn't. It's less! Pollution is greatest when accelerating and driving fast and when the engine is idling. Speed leeds to traffic jams as well as a greater likelihood of collision, which will then cause a traffic jam with idling cars. A steady speed of 20 is best. In addition, if some people are incentivised to walk or cycle instead because streets at 20mph are now safer and more pleasant with less noise and air pollution this will indirectly result in even less pollution.
    • The police at the first scrutiny meeting on 20MPH zones said they would not enforce it. This is true, unconsidered selfish people may still carry on driving faster unless they see a camera somewhere, so sleepers and other traffic slowing measures are best, but 20mph signs are still better than none at all.
    • If there is no (or minimal) enforcement pedestrians have a false sense of security. This is just plain rubbish. Nobody steps into the road when they see a car speeding towards them at 50mph because of a 20mph sign.
    • This does not cover the main roads where the higher number/ most serious accidents are. Again not true, most accidents occur in unclassified streets. Fact. See dept of transport breakdown of RTAs.
    • Each Zone costs £300K to implement (£1.5M for the whole scheme) and only targeting specific hot spots is better value for money. Where is the cost benefit analysis for this? Evidence shows that 20mph are cost effective.
    • Every road in the zone, at all times, eg 2am will be 20 MPH yes and so it should be. Animals, elderly people and children don't keep to time zones and may still need to cross the road without having to dodge drivers going at 40mph. At 40mph you are 90% likely to kill someone, at 20mph this drops to 10%.
    • That this scheme will not prevent inconsiderate / bad drivers who are the cause of many accidents. It's a start. At the moment most drivers are inconsiderate/ bad, this might drop with a 20mph to some.
    • That current 20MPH zones outside schools will lose their significance and become more dangerous. How??

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