From : email@example.com
Date : 20/12/15 - 13:18 (GMTST)
To : Resident2
Cc : firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject : RE: No to borough-wide 20mph
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
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
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.
Councillor Wesley Harcourt
Cabinet Member for Environment, Transport & Residents Services
LB Hammersmith & Fulham
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