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HAVE YOUR SAY: Councillor urges residents to give feedback on proposed 20mph zone in Chorleywood

 Published on: 18th March 2020   |   By: Geraint Roberts   |   Category: Uncategorized

Hertfordshire County Council are proposing a 20mph zone on over 30 roads in Chorleywood and have set up a public engagement exercise to receive feedback from residents.

Chorleywood councillor Phil Williams considers this scheme as a priority and is funding this through the Highway Locality Budget.

The public letter detailing the proposal gives three reasons as to why it would be beneficial for the area, with the first being to reduce the number of accidents and potential injuries.

The proposal would also encourage a healthier lifestyle with more people walking and cycling, along with the positive environmental effects that would come with it.

The proposed 20mph zone does not include any speed humps or cushions. Average vehicle speeds have recently been measured and are low enough that physical features do not need to be provided. 

In order for the proposal to be passed, it would need at least a 55 per cent approval rate, along with at least a 10 per cent response rate to the public exercise. 

Cllr Phil Williams told ChorleywoodNews: “The idea was put to me by quite a few residents after a number of accidents. These accident along Station Approach, Chorleywood Bottom and Lower Rd coincided with two accidents outside Chorleywood Primary School, where children were injured.

“The scheme would not only make the roads safer, but also reduce pollution and improve air quality as cars will not be braking or accelerating as much. The scheme will hopefully also encourage more cycling and walking.”

This public engagement exercise is the first part of a two-stage process. The comments received from local residents and businesses would help finalise the council’s proposal prior to public consultation. 

Cllr Phil has urged residents to have their views taken into consideration, he continued: “This is just the consultation stage. A number of residents have asked for other roads to be included and some have said there is no need for the scheme in all of the roads proposed.

“As many people as possible should respond to the address on the leaflet so their views can be taken into consideration.”

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