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20’S PLENTY: Campaign for speed limit reduction in St Albans pushes forward with council support

 Published on: 18th March 2021   |   By: Holly Bullen   |   Category: Uncategorized

Campaigners seeking to introduce a 20mph scheme across parts of St Albans have welcomed a vote of support from St Albans City and District Council (SADC).

Towards the end of last month SADC passed a motion calling on Hertfordshire County Council to prioritise introducing 20mph speed limits across the St Albans district and for the councils to work together on the best way to fund and implement the schemes.

This move was welcomed by 20’s Plenty for St Albans District campaign group who previously petitioned to Herts County Council to introduce such a scheme.

Colin Hodges, spokesperson for the group said they are “delighted” by the council’s move to support the idea but there is still a long way to go with a necessary consultation required.

He said: “We’re delighted the process has started, both the local population and the local council hope Herts County Council will seriously consider it.

“Our view is that if a scheme is well designed and well signposted and well communicated and where necessary it has certain road calming measures introduced it can be very successful scheme and that had proven to be the case in other parts of the country.”

Colin added that the community will be pleased after hundreds of letters were sent to SADC voicing their support for the scheme.

He said: “I think the vote highlights the local support which is super, 20’s Plenty encouraged our supporters to send letters to their local district councillors to ask them to vote in favour.

“Around 750 letters were sent in quite a short period of time, which shows a lot of support in principal for this move.”

A spokesperson for Hertfordshire County Council said: “Hertfordshire County Council has set funding aside to aid the introduction of 20mph areas over the next four years. We are currently looking at potential areas and criteria to identify areas which will be suitable for implementation.”

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