Plans to introduce a 20mph speed limit in Worthing look set to be abandoned following a public consultation in which almost 70% of respondents voted against the scheme.
The consultation was carried out by a project team comprising officers from West Sussex County Council, via a paper-based voting form distributed to all residential and business addresses within the consultation area. The consultation took place between 23 April and 31 July 2014.
The consultation posed the question: “Do you support the 20mph proposal for residential roads in Worthing?” 18,911 individuals responded, with 5,796 (30.6%) in favour and 13,115 (69.4%) saying no.
As a result of the consultation outcome, the Worthing County Local Committee is advising councillors “to not progress the proposed introduction of a town-wide 20 mph speed limit in Worthing”.
A final decision will be made at a public meeting in Worthing on 19 November.
Two campaign groups on opposite sides of the debate had widely differing views of the consultation process and outcome.
20’s pointless, which is campaigning against the introduction of the limit in Worthing, said that "common sense has prevailed".
Meanwhile, 20’s Plenty for Worthing described the consultation as "a flawed process and an unjust result", and added: "The residents of Worthing stand to lose the chance for safer and more pleasant residential streets due to scaremongering, threats of bus cuts and the failure of the council to properly explain the benefits and cost effectiveness of 20 mph limits."