A survey of 13,000 residents in west York drew just 97 responses – 87 of whom opposed proposals for reducing the speed limit to 20mph, with just seven in favour (York Press).
Despite the very low response, City of York council intends to press ahead this summer with its plans, saying that the low number of responses shows there is “no significant opinion against the idea of 20mph”.
The Labour-controlled council intends to ultimately roll out the 20mph zones across the city, but opponents say the consultation results mean it should be axed in favour of a more targeted approach. The council says the west York proposals are backed by local head teachers and North Yorkshire Police.
Councillor Dave Merrett, cabinet member for transport, said: “The introduction of lower speed limits reduces speeds, giving drivers more time to react to the presence of other road-users and reducing the likelihood of any potential remaining accidents.
“We are seeking to increase driver and safety awareness on our roads as part of the roll-out. As a city, we are committed to making York’s roads safer, and this should prove to be a cost-effective approach.”
Ian Gillies, Conservative leader, said: “The 20mph policy is an expensive political exercise which is not wanted by the vast majority of residents and this is more proof that it should be abandoned and the money being spent on it put to better use.”
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