|20mph Consultation Begins|
Following residents petitions to reduce speed limits
Residents in 12 areas across the borough are being asked if they would like new 20mph speed limits introduced in their neighbourhoods.
The council is formally consulting people living in the dozen areas after receiving petitions from some residents requesting lower speed limits in their streets.
Councillors have said that wherever there is support for a 20mph limit they will write to every household and formally invite everyone in the area to have their say.
Highways engineers have already started work on implementing lower speed limits across large parts of Balham and Tooting following a conclusive ballot of local people. Around 12,000 households in Furzedown and Bedford wards will benefit from these changes when they come into effect next month.
Transport spokesman Cllr Jonathan Cook said: “We have received petitions from people in these 12 areas asking us to introduce lower speed limits in the streets where they live. As a result we are now asking every household that would be affected by such a change to tell us if they agree or not.
“Taking part in a consultation could not be easier. Every home in these dozen locations has received a leaflet detailing the proposal and showing a map of the area that would be affected. The leaflets have a pre-paid response slip included so all residents have to do is write yes or no and then pop their answer in a postbox. It couldn’t be simpler.
“Our view is that changes like this can only be legitimately made by the people who would be affected. It is only right and proper that these decisions are made by local residents. It would not be right to impose these types of changes without a specific mandate from those directly affected, bearing in mind that initiatives like this can only work effectively if they have the active support of people living in these areas.”