From: Cllr Harcourt Wesley <email@example.com>
Sent: 01 September 2015 19:01
Subject: RE: Road safety measures and consultation issues
Thanks for this but to be clear I am not holding back on implementing the 20mph I am just making sure
that we go through the correct channels and that there is scope for residents to comment as matter
Councillor Wesley Harcourt
Cabinet Member for Environment, Transport & Residents Services
LB Hammersmith & Fulham
From: Brian Mooney - ABD [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: 31 August 2015 23:00
To: Cllr Harcourt Wesley
Subject: Road safety measures and consultation issues
Thank you for the opportunity to put forward suggestions for improving road safety within LBHF.
I feel you are very wise to hold back on implementing borough-wide 20mph speed limits.
Although you advise that 45% of the consultation respondents might support this, my feeling is that this
support is likely to be shallow.
(I ran the NO2ID campaign in LBHF, and noted high support for ID cards in opinion polls just after 9/11.
This support dropped to well under 50% as the public learned more about the scheme, the costs and
You might say that the initial support represented a knee-jerk feeling of wanting to be secure - as
opposed to wanting ID cards per se.
Similarly, the 'support' for the 20mph proposal is more a response to the limited and very one-sided
account put across in LBHF's consultation booklet, which might more accurately be described as a selling
When I was out with the TV crew, we found a lot of spontaneous opposition to the proposal. The one
person that the TV crew eventually managed to find who had supported the proposal, a cyclist from
Brackenbury Village, said that on reflection, he would have voted differently!)
LBHF pre-announced the consultation in September 2014, and may therefore have been unaware of a
subsequent ruling in the Supreme Court,  UKSC 56, that a local authority consultation was
unlawful because it denied the public essential information on which they could make an informed
The law has requirements for procedural fairness, and there is other evidence that it might have
inadvertently been broken.
That borough-wide 20mph was part of the 2014 Labour manifesto could mean that LBHF has fallen foul
of the expectation in the 1996 Education Act when it sent a letter in your name to teachers and
schoolchildren. There is evidence that by referring readers to such an overwhelmingly biased
consultation webpage, the expectation of balance was not met.
There is evidence of other irregularities, but as I am trying to keep this note concise, I will not go into
detail. Suffice it to say, that if the proposal for implementing borough-wide 20mph is adopted, I feel
there is the racing certainty that it will be challenged, with all the attendant publicity.
In summary, I feel that it is best to regard the consultation just completed as advisory - and a learning
experience. The time and effort will not be wasted if it identifies specific local road safety issues that
could objectively be addressed by tailored measures.
I feel that nobody would fault you if you re-tuned the focus of the consultation onto measures that
would actually enjoy real support from both the public and the police.
With best wishes,
Brian Mooney (ABD),
31 August 2015
(The above is essentially my own perspective, so is sent in a personal capacity. I have not discussed it
with ABD management so it should not be taken as constituting any 'official' perspective within the
Happy to expand further, although I am away this week)
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