Labour's Mike Fieldhouse asks council about 20mph speed limits


At the full council meeting of Southend-on-Sea Borough Council on Thursday 25th February, Labour's candidate for Prittlewell ward asked the portfolio holder for Public Protection, Waste & Transport about road safety and 20mph speed limits.

Mike asked:

"I live on Station Road in Westcliff and on numerous occasions have witnessed vehicles travelling at what I would estimate to be in excess of 50mph in a 30mph zone. Other residents, for example in Scratton Rd and Mayfield Ave. have also reported to similar events to me.

In view of the success of other Councils where average speeds have been cut and serious injuries and deaths drastically reduced by the introduction of 20mph speed limits in residential areas, can the portfolio holder tell me:

  1. Does the council intend to implement a 20 mph speed limit in residential areas borough-wide, and if so when? 

  2. If the Council has a cost figure for the implementation of such a scheme in Southend?"

And Councillor Terry replied:

"The Council is keen to ensure we do all we canto reduce the numbers and severity of accidents on our roads. The speed of some vehicles is often a factor in how accidents are caused.

"The Council’s Place Scrutiny Committee is currently undertaking an in depth study entitled “20mph Speed Limits in Residential Streets”. A project team of Members appointed from the Scrutiny Committee is collating information and evidence and will publish its findings in a reporting the next few months. It is too early to pre-empt what the outcome of the study is likely to be.

"I do not have any cost figures at this stage for implementation of this scheme as this will depend upon the future Policy and the extent to which it is implemented.

The question and answer can be viewed on the public webcast of the council meeting.


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