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SAFER ROADS: Residents vote in favour of 20mph zone in Chorleywood

 Published on: 16th April 2020   |   By: Geraint Roberts   |   Category: Uncategorized

The initial results of the public engagement exercise regarding the proposed 20mph zone in Chorleywood show that residents are in favour of the change.

ChorleywoodNews understands that just under 58 per cent of the responses accepted that the proposal was the correct thing to do, and it will now go to a formal consultation.

The public letter that detailed the proposal gave reasons as to why it would be beneficial for the area, highlighting that it would reduce the number of accidents and promote a healthier lifestyle.

The proposal needed a 55 per cent approval rating in order to go through to the next stage of procedures. A response rate of over 10 per cent was also needed for it to be successful, and it received around 20 per cent.

Chorleywood councillor Phil Williams told ChorleywoodNews: “I’m really pleased with the initial results; it shows that people are looking for safer roads in Chorleywood. It’s something that has been driven to me by residents, especially parents, in the area. I think people have had enough.

“The exercise received over 400 comments which was really pleasing to see. Residents were able to state their reasoning for agreeing or disagreeing with the proposal.

“It’s something I’ve been personally quite keen on for a while now, but it was driven by the residents. This wouldn’t have happened unless people voiced their opinions.”

There is still a long way to go for the proposal to go ahead, and Mr Williams has said that the coronavirus will affect procedures.

He continued: “The coronavirus will slow things down and make things a little disjointed, but the next stage is going to be a formal consultation where we can do something similar to what we’ve just done, but it will be a lot more in depth and official.”

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