From: Cllr Harcourt Wesley <email@example.com>
Date: 3 January 2016 at 13:01:08 GMT
Cc: Cllr Cowan Stephen <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: RE: NO to borough-wide 20 mph!
Thank you for taking the trouble to write. I have read your comments much of which was raised as part of
the discussion that we had at out Policy and Accountability Committee meetings on the subject and which
were attended by many members of the public. Let me set out some information about what we’re actually
doing as I am afraid that there is much misinformation being circulated at the moment.
We are currently going through the detailed consultation responses and have yet to
decide what to do. Indeed, we consulted residents on our manifesto commitment (see attached page
12) to extend the 20mph speed limit. I don’t know why anyone would say we have already decided to
“bring in a 20mph speed limit on all of its [the council’s] roads”, or that we are planning to not respect
the results of the consultation or that the consultation concluded that 55% of people are against an
extension of the 20mph speed limit. All those statements are thoroughly untrue.
We gave residents three options asking if people agreed to extend 20mph speed limit.
The answers that came back can be summarised as:
• Yes to all roads (45%)
• Yes but not on the roads listed by each person who responded (26%)
• No, not on any more roads (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, as I
say, my colleagues and I are yet to have a meeting to conclude what the council will do.
I’m afraid those that are putting out leaflets saying we’re not respecting the results of
the public consultation either don’t know what they’re talking about or are deliberately seeking to
mislead people. Either way it is not a sensible way to approach this important matter.
The consultation on extending the 20mph speed limit on some or all roads was
extensively publicised and not just by the council but by people both for and against it. The council put
posters up on poster sites all around the borough, they put mini lamp post signs up, they sent out
thousands of emails and delivered roughly 80,000 leaflets to households and businesses in the borough.
The consultation ran from 9 June for nine weeks and was followed by the two new public Policy and
Accountability Committee (PAC) meetings on this subject.
The PAC meetings were well attended by people who came from all perspectives both
for and against and residents were able to play a full role in the discussions. You might find the paper
that went before the public PAC meeting interesting:
Any extension of the current 20mph zones will not be a revenue generating scheme as I
hope the report makes clear. We are solely looking at how to improve road safety and reducing speeds
is a critically important tactic available to us. Those most in danger on our roads are pedestrians
(particularly children) and cyclists. Any extension of any 20mph zones will be paid for by Transport for
We’re actually keen to put more money into residents and business' pockets, not stealth
tax them which is something we campaigned against the last council administration on.
We are a new administration elected last year but in that time we were the only
administration in London to cut council tax last year. We cut meals on wheels prices by 33% and have in
fact cut 16 of the council charges we inherited. In our first year in office we have also frozen 139 other
council charges and 90% of all council charges, as measured by the income they raise, will be cut in real
terms. We abolished the £12 per hour home care charge for elderly and disabled residents and you may
be pleased to know that we also abolished the rather odd charges for residents to use a fitness trainer in
local parks. As a motorist you will be pleased to know that, following our election win in May 2014, we
blocked the scheduled introduction of a 14.7% increase in parking charges that was meant to be
introduced in June 2014 as you can read here:
So far from trying to ignore the public we are going much further than the council has
ever gone before to actively engage our residents before we make major decisions. I am keen that we
act in accordance with public opinion on all matters and plan to do that on this issue.
Thanks again for writing in. I assure you we will take your comments into account.
Councillor Wesley Harcourt
Cabinet Member for Environment, Transport & Residents Services
LB Hammersmith & Fulham
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