Nov 4 2011 Chester Chronicle
CHESHIRE West and Chester Council have voted to introduce 20mph speed limits on residential roads where there is a demonstrable need and strong local support from the communities involved.
The issue has also been referred to the Community and Environment Policy Board for consideration.
Councillor Eveleigh Moore Dutton believed councillors could contribute from community budgets to help pay for feasibility studies if communities believed a speed reduction was needed.
She did not support an automatic blanket coverage everywhere that presently has a 30mph speed limit because she believed that sometimes 30mph was the right speed.
Cllr Moore Dutton said: “I am in favour of 20mph speed limits. I think they bring great benefits but I’m also a passionate and pragmatic believer in localism which means that we use the evidence that comes from people’s proven desires, coupled with the evidence of need, to ensure that 20mph speed limits are introduced in the areas where they will be most effective and where they have community support.”
She also noted that community budgets, parish councils, residents’ associations or local businesses could contribute to the costs of a 20mph speed limit.
Councillor Gareth Anderson said: “For a 20mph speed limit to mean anything and to save lives and be effective, it has to be put in places where it will make that difference.”
Councillor David Robinson spoke to his motion, calling for an investigation establishing a default 20mph speed limit policy for residential areas with a phased introduction across the borough.
He said: “Let’s look at the latest accident figures for Cheshire West and Chester and I picked out the first four months of this new council since May.
“In that time in 30mph areas we have had 201 casualties in four months - 23 were pedestrians, 32 were cyclists and sadly there were two fatalities.
“In other words a quarter of those casualties have actually been vulnerable road users.”
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