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20’S PLENTY: Residents continue with campaign to reduce speed limit in parts of St Albans 

 Published on: 7th December 2020   |   By: Holly Bullen   |   Category: Uncategorized

Last month local campaigners trying to reduce the speed limit in areas of St Albans down to 20mph spoke at a council meeting to try and get their voices heard.

We caught up with campaigners who spoke at the meeting on Thursday, November 19, who sought to try and change the way speed limits are set by Hertfordshire County Council.

Colin Hodges, a local campaigner, said that there were both positives and negatives which came from the meeting.

He said: “Following the consultation process, the council have made certain changes to their strategy which are certainly more environmentally and safety friendly.

“The tone of the document has certainly improved and talks a lot about the importance of encouraging active transport and the desire of public for safer streets and indeed 20mph zones.

“We still feel we would have liked some more substantive changes made to the detail of the document, in terms of how the speed limits are introduced.”

Colin added that the negatives will not hold them back and they will continue to campaign to change how speed limits are set across the district.

He said: “We continue to campaign and will be writing to the full cabinet before the strategy document is formally adopted.”

In addition, after featuring the article several residents got in touch to share their views on the matter.

One resident, Martin Ferguson said that there are both positives and negatives of a 20mph scheme.

He said: “My thinking is more of a zoned approach across the city rather than a piecemeal street by street approach which are much more costly to implement.”

Another resident Sheila said that reducing the speed limit could be a compromise to pedestrianizing the city centre.

She said: “In some ways I think it could be helpful in certain areas and I would prefer to see a 20mph through St Peter’s street then I would have it closed.”

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