The ‘blanket’ 20mph scheme in York, introduced by the previous Labour administration, is under review by the new Conservative/Lib Dem council.
The move has been condemned by the campaign group 20’s Plenty for Us. Rod King MBE, 20’s Plenty founder, described it as “ill-considered” and says he expects it “to be challenged on several democratic and legal counts”.
According to The (York) Press, councillor Keith Aspden, deputy leader of City of York Council, has asked council officers to look into the legal and cost implications of removing the blanket limit and the signs around the city, which are believed to have cost around £500,000 to £600,000 to introduce.
Councillor Ann Reid, Lib Dem spokesman for transport, told The York Press: “There are areas where 20mph limits are clearly needed, such as outside schools and local shops.
"However, Labour’s blanket 20mph policy was unpopular with local residents, with many strongly objecting to the limits and associated street clutter, especially in areas where there were no speeding problems in the first place."
Councillor Ian Gillies, executive member for transport, said: "Some of the signs are in ridiculous places – on small streets where you couldn’t get up to that speed anyway. It was political dogma that put them there.
"I would take them all down, but it all depends on the cost. Nobody is taking any notice of them anyway, and the police aren’t enforcing them."
Rod King MBE added: “Given the heavy responsibility that would go with any increase in speed limit and endorsement of higher speeds, we do not see it as practical, desirable, legal or deliverable.
“It is a sad reflection on the current York administration that they consider this at all.”