20 MPH Speed Zone
21/09/2014 12:12:00......Posted by Yvette Hopley
I thought you would be interested to hear the views of my neighbouring ward Colleague Cllr Sara Bashford, who attended the Streets and Environment Scrutiny Committee:
"On Tuesday 16th September at the Streets and Environment Scrutiny Committee the new Labour Administration told those present how they wanted to spend £1.5million to make Croydon a 20 MPH zone. This was based on their view that this will reduce accidents, reduce obesity and allow more people to cycle. They also think that cutting the speed on roads won’t affect journey times!
The meeting was open to the public and a number of pro-cycling groups came and spoke in favour of the idea and pro-motoring organisations, acknowledged that in some roads you could only travel at 20MPH but others are safer at traditional speeds, as drivers are capable of self-regulation. I have to say I agree with this. Most people are considerate, sensible and aware of the hazards they might meet, but there will always be the ‘boy racers’ and those who just want to drive fast with no regard for anyone else, who will speed and drive badly, regardless of the speed limit. I am sure even people like me who have been driving for 30 years and never received a speeding fine, may struggle to do 20MPH on Farley Road, but that is what Labour wants".
Your Sanderstead ward councillors will of course keep you posted of any consultation process and proposals to introduce these schemes in the ward. It is interesting to note that the Chief Inspector at this meeting stated that "the 20mph speed limit is not enforceable".
Currently the only 20mph area is in Hamsey Green around the roads surrounding Warlingham School between Tithe Pit Shaw Lane and Wentworth Way.