A FAIR DEAL FOR THE MOTORIST

 

 

 

 

RESIDENTS REJECTED BOROUGH-WIDE 20MPH1

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IN THE CONSULTATION, 55% DID NOT SUPPORT

THE COUNCIL. OUR VIEWS MUST BE RESPECTED.

LBHF IS CURRENTLY JUST TRYING TO BRING IN

‘NEARLY BOROUGH-WIDE 20MPH‘ – FOR NOW.

 

 

WE CAN STILL STOP CREEPING BOROUGH-WIDE 20MPH

LB Hammersmith & Fulham ran a totally one-sided consultation in 2015. Its propaganda drive was paid for out of money extracted from council tax payers (‘TfL money’). Even so, only 45% of those responding supported the proposal (details here with some arguments to balance the LBHF propaganda).

 

LBH&F has now produced a slightly watered-down proposal, details of which are below. A decision is intended to be made on 7 March 2016. Please help by briefly letting our Council Leader and Transport Cabinet Member know you are not keen a.s.a.p, copying us in - for instance, emailing:

To:          stephen.cowan@lbhf.gov.uk; wesley.harcourt@lbhf.gov.uk;

Copy:      saferhf30@btinternet.com

Subject:   No to (nearly) borough-wide 20mph!

 

 

If you feel strongly, why not copy your ward councillors, too?

(Councillors can also be reached by post at: Town Hall, King Street, W6 9JU, and messages left for the governing party on 020 8753 2018.)

 

— Please be as concise as possible and avoid ‘getting personal’.

— You might mention if you live, work or own a business in the borough.

— You don’t need to give any reasons, but no harm reminding them that the consultation on the original proposal was totally rigged.

 

(It almost certainly broke legal guidelines by denying residents balanced information on which to decide, so is unsound as a footing for LBHF to go-ahead. An official complaint was made to the Director of Transport and Highways.)

 

 

IS THE REVISED PROPOSAL BOROUGH-WIDE 20MPH BY STEALTH?

After receiving a barrage of complaints from unhappy residents, LBHF released a revised proposal on 26 Feb 2016. The news release was full of spin; and is again attracting critical comments from residents – you can give your own views.

 

How LBHF can claim both to be 'listening' (and thus going for less than full borough-wide 20mph) with other assurances that borough-wide 20mph is 'a manifesto commitment' and 'will be going ahead'? Both can only be true if it is intending to goes ahead with some roads first and the remaining ones later. The contradictions are explored in a letter to the Council leader (Page 3).

 

If both statements are true, then it makes a mockery of the claim to ‘respect’ local opinion. If the climbdown is only tactical, then it is only paying lip service. Whichever way you look at it, it does not convey trustworthiness.

 

 

THE REVISED PROPOSAL IS SUBSTANTIALLY ‘BOROUGH-WIDE 20MPH’

There are several documents, including a Report (spin warning on claims like 20mph limits could speed up journey times – a resident has found the opposite!) and a map. LBHF’s preferred approach is to

— Impose 20mph limits on all side-streets.

— Impose 20mph limits on roads that might be considered ‘main roads’ or thoroughfares (e.g.)

 

King Street, Glenthorne Rd, Beadon Rd, Paddenswick Rd, Stamford Brook Rd, Askew Rd, Du Cane Rd, Bloemfontein Rd, Old Oak Rd, Shepherds Bush Green, North End Rd, Stephendale Rd, Carnwath Rd.

 

Goldhawk Rd, Wood Lane, Uxbridge Rd, Shepherds Bush Rd, Hammersmith Rd, Fulham Rd, Lillee Rd, would all be mostly 30mph but have stretches with 20mph limits.

 

Practically only Scrubs Lane, Fulham Palace Rd, Fulham High Street, Dawes Rd, New Kings Rd, Kings Rd, Wandsworth Bridge Rd and Putney Bridge Approach, are kept at 30mph (plus short stretches of Wandsworth and Putney Bridges).

 

 

MAKING MONEY OR COSTING US MONEY?

— Traffic calming is not being imposed as yet, but might be later with separate ‘funding from TfL’ (i.e. from the money added to our council tax bills). This is money that could be used to keep our bills or public transport fares down – or used on better approaches to road safety that address the wider causes of casualties.

 

— It is claimed in the Report that there are no other costs, although this is dubious. It contradictorily notes there are costs for sign maintenance. Other local authorities have identified significant costs here, and for monitoring – with a view to implementing traffic calming measures (Paras. 1.9, 13.2, 13.3).

 

Tucked away in the Report (Para 4.4) is the wording “traffic calming measures are costly to implement and maintain, and they do raise concerns about ground vibration and driver discomfort.” Indeed LBHF has previously admitted there was one claim for damage a year. As yet, a request for LBHF to supply annual costs has gone unanswered in spite of assurances of an answer in January!

 

LBHF admits that ‘20mph zones’ (i.e. with ‘traffic calming’) are to ‘discourage the use of motorised transport’ – i.e. an anti-motorist measure to stop local residents and businesses going about their daily lives.

 

 

The Council previously said it was not proposing more speed cameras – but that doesn’t rule it out. If more 20mph limits went ahead, some existing cameras such as the ones on Old Oak Road and Shepherds Bush Green would not be left at 30mph.… so much for the manifesto pledge of being “fairer to drivers”…..

 

— We have never claimed that LBHF is out to make money from the scheme - it is central government (the Treasury) that profits from speed camera fines. However drivers stand to lose in other ways – fines, points on licence and higher insurance costs from a mean-spirited speed limit.

 

The new limit could also be enforced by the Community Roadwatch scheme (speed traps). Safe drivers could be prosecuted for doing a speed – yes, 25mph or less - that is legal in most of London and the UK.

 

 

THE WRONG ‘SOLUTION‘ TO THE ROAD SAFETY PROBLEM

Our original campaign webpage covers other aspects of speed limits, such as

— Local casualty reports

— The causes of accidents, including at low speed

— The Highway Code and what all road users must do

— More effective road safety measures, and our money better spent

— Reference material

 

No speed limit change is necessary. The Highway Code regards the 30mph limit as a MAXIMUM. It always requires drivers to adapt their speed to the conditions, and allows for the prosecution of anyone who drives irresponsibly.

 

 

 

 

Headline from Worthing Herald, 1.5.14

 

“Reducing the speed of trucks will not prevent deaths, because we know that a lorry can kill at 2mph.”

 

Kate Cairns, of the See Me Save Me campaign, whose sister was killed by a lorry, Standard, 12.3.15   

 

 

THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST AND SUPPORT

Click here for the ‘saferhandf’ webpage addressing the original borough-wide 20mph proposal.

 

Some residents have been receiving ‘interesting’ replies to their complaints against the original proposal. Click here for more information on this and our response putting the record straight.

 

Our website will be updated in the light of developments.

 

Feedback and suggestions may be sent to saferhf30 ‘AT’ btinternet.com

 

 

Footnotes

1.     On borough-run roads; excludes TFL-run A4, A40 and A3220.

 

 

 

 

 

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