ARE THEY JOKING? JUST HOW SERIOUS ARE THE CONSERVATIVES AT COUNTY HALL ABOUT REDUCING CAR SPEEDS IN TOWN CENTRES

September 8, 2020 9:41 AM

The county council is currently consulting on a new Speed Management Strategy for Hertfordshire roads. But questions must now be asked as to whether it is serious after an astonishing admission by Cllr Phil Bibby, the Conservative portfolio holder for highways at County Hall. In an email to St Albans Lib Dem county councillor Sandy Walkington, Cllr Bibby wrote 'this does not significantly alter our policy on 20 mph speed limits… In fact, there may be less scope for 20 mph areas/zones…'

Sandy said, 'We all have speeding black spots in our divisions, roads where residents have long campaigned for slower speeds. This is a kick in the teeth for them and for the county-wide 20's Plenty campaign. The Liberal Democrats have long called for 20 mph to be the default speed limit in all residential areas and town centres unless there is an overriding reason for a higher limit. As a county council, we mouth slogans about encouraging people to leave their cars at home and we are meant to be promoting active travel, whether walking, cycling or using public transport. It's about going to school, getting to work and so much more. But we won't get the step-change we need unless we slow traffic town in urban and residential areas. It is now clearer than ever that the Conservative administration at County Hall is only paying lip service to these objectives.'

Sandy and his fellow Liberal Democrat county councillors are calling on residents to respond to the current consultation which closes on September 16th

https://www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/about-the-council/consultations/transport-and-highways/speed-strategy-2020.aspx

'They should also continue to bombard all their county councillors with the message that business as usual is just not good enough', Sandy said.