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From : wesley.harcourt@lbhf.gov.uk

Date : 20/12/15 - 13:18 (GMTST)

To : Resident2

Cc : saferhf30@btinternet.com

Subject : RE: No to borough-wide 20mph

           

           

 

Dear Resident2

             

 

Many thanks for getting in touch. I would agree that it is important that politicians should stick

to any commitments or promises they make. That is a key plank of this Labour Administration at

Hammersmith & Fulham. We go further and have a policy of working with residents NOT doing things to

them.

             

 

The proposal in our Manifesto was:

 

Safer residential streets

 

Labour introduced 20 mph Home Zones in many residential neighbourhoods across the borough

such as the Grove Home Zone. We will:

 

 Extend the Home Zone programme so that all residential streets, not trunk roads, become 20 mph

 

Take measures to slow traffic and cut rat-running in residential streets

 

Take measures to improve safety for pedestrians and make our neighbourhoods better places

to live.

 

 

In line with keeping to our manifest commitments and our policy of working with residents we

went out to consultation on the extension of 20mph as per the above only after the proposal had been

presented at a Policy and Accountability Committee (PAC). We delivered hard copies to every

household, over 80,000, and the consultation was also available on line and the initial results were again

presented to a PAC.

 

I am sorry to say that your suggestion that politicians ignore the views of their constituents is

misinformed as we haven’t yet made our minds up on what roads will be included in the 20mph

extension. There is also no blanket 55% majority against the scheme as has been suggested. I will set out

what actually happened and what we’re now considering doing.

 

There were three questions about the possible extension of 20mph to all roads in the borough.

The answers that came back can be summarised as:

 

                   Yes (45%)

                   Yes but not on the roads listed by each person who responded (26%)

                   No (29%)

 

So in short there is a 71% majority to introduce the 20mph on all the roads that were not

specified by the residents who kindly took part in the consultation. Within the 26% there are some roads

which lots of people specified as not wanting a speed limit change and there are others with only a small

number of objections. I have asked officials to carry out a full analysis of those figures and my colleagues

and I are yet to have a meeting to conclude what the council will do.

 

I am keen that we get this right and so we’re looking very carefully at all consultation responses,

accident data, etc. Any 20mph scheme we introduce will be paid for by TfL not the council.

 

Best wishes and Merry Christmas.

 

Wesley

 

Councillor Wesley Harcourt

Cabinet Member for Environment, Transport & Residents Services

LB Hammersmith & Fulham

King Street

London

W6 9JU

 

 

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