The Council plan to consult on the introduction of 20 MPH speed limit on the majority of roads across the borough.
Zones in the north of Croydon were consulted first, but in a different way to the consultation exercise now proposed. Those in the original two zones in the north of the borough had an opportunity to vote yes or no to the proposal. The two zones now due to be consulted, which cover the south and parts of the centre of the borough, won’t have that opportunity.
The current Council consultation covers all other areas of Croydon and will launch on January 18, 2017. It will run for just a month, until the 15 February 2017.
The Council intends to deliver a leaflet with the full details to each household and these details should also be on the Council’s website. This consultation differs from the previous engagement exercise in that it is not a simple yes or no vote. Only those objecting can submit a response and they will need to justify why they object.
This consultation differs from the previous engagement exercise in that it is not a simple yes or no vote. Only those objecting can submit a response and they will need to justify why they object.
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, Fieldway, Heathfield, New Addington, Sanderstead (part) and Selsdon and Ballards. 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.
Local Conservative councillors have had a number of concerns raised with them. They have asked the Council to consider problem hot-spots and areas of specific need such as outside schools, medical facilities and elderly care homes.
The concerns regarding the plans raised with local councillors includes:
- 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.
- The roads in the zone, at all times, eg 2am, will be 20 MPH
- The scheme will not prevent inconsiderate or 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, please let your local councillor know. so they can ensure you have the opportunity to make your views known.
The details of the previous engagement exercise for Croydon North can be found here.
We have also previously posted arguments for and against 20 mph. See:
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