Calderdale Council has become the first council in West Yorkshire to approve a wide area 20mph limit on residential roads. The move was approved by Calderdale Cabinet at a meeting on 28 April.
The campaign group 20’s Plenty says that “£500k of public health funds will be made available for engagement and persuading drivers of the advantages of slower speeds”.
30% of Calderdale’s residential roads already have 20mph limits and the council aims to have 20mph speed limits on the majority of residential roads by 2017.
A local paper, the Brighouse Echo, says that 1,200 local residents participated in a consultation in which “over 80% of people support measures to curb speed limits, however, less that 50% support the proposal of a district-wide 20mph speed limit”.
Councillor Simon Young (Labour) said: “There’s rarely a time when I knock on a resident’s door where road speed doesn’t come up as an issue. The majority of citizens support the introduction of the 20mph scheme.”
However, Conservative members of the council have called for further consultation before the plans are rolled out, pointing out that “less than 1% of residents took part in the consultation”.
Councillor Scott Benton (Conservatve) said: “We simply do not believe the council has the legitimacy to introduce this policy given the apparent lack of support from the public.”
Rod King MBE, founder of 20’s Plenty for Us, said: “The benefits to community and public health from a calmer and more people oriented urban environment are widely recognised and it is encouraging to see the substantial role being played in engagement via Calderdale’s public health team.
“The young and elderly will particularly benefit from this scheme and the council and community are to be congratulated for Calderdale joining the many places who agree that 20’s plenty where people live, work, shop and learn.”