SMALL MAJORITY WANT 20 MPH LIMITS IN NORTH OF CROYDON BOROUGH
A majority of residents have supported council plans to introduce 20mph speed limits on roads in the north of the borough of Croydon – but only just.
Residents, businesses and local groups were asked to give their views about introducing them in streets in parts of South Norwood, Selhurst, Bensham Manor, Thornton Heath and Upper Norwood.
The results of the consultation were announced by Croydon’s cabinet member for transport and environment Cllr Kathy Bee who told fellow members of Croydon’s council cabinet that 52.5 per cent of respondents were in favour of reduced speed limits.
Out of the 2,320 responses, 46.4pc were opposed to and 1.1pc undecided.
“We are now carrying out a detailed analysis of feedback we have received from residents with a view to progressing to a formal consultation period” explained a councvil spokesperson.
“If approved the scheme could be implemented over the winter months and be operational by April next year.”
Cabinet decided in March to ask people across the borough if they want the new speed limits, with the north being consulted first before the council asks people in other areas of Croydon from next year.
The council say extensive 20mph speed limits help cut the risk of accidents, cut congestion and pollution levels, encourage less car use and discourage rat-running in quieter streets.
“I am delighted that a majority of residents in the north of the borough want to see reduced speed limits on their roads to make them safer” said Cllr Bee.
“We will continue to consider residents feedback about our plans, which we believe will help improve the lives of thousands of residents by putting an end to speeding in residential roads.”
IMPROVEMENTS AHEAD TO ONGOING ROAD CLOSURE TRIAL
Organisers of a pilot scheme to make a Croydon residential road safer and quieter are removing the northern half of the street closure as the trial project continues.
In June Croydon Council and sustainable transport charity Sustrans launched a three-month trial shutting Norbury Avenue to non-resident drivers in response to concerns over speeding traffic and to encourage more cycling and walking.
The trial scheme, with closure points by the junctions with Sandfield Road and Kensington Avenue, is funded by Transport for London under the Mayor’s proposals for a quietway between Waterloo and Croydon.
Following doorstep feedback and meetings, organisers plan to lift the northern closure point by Kensington Avenue and make other improvements, said a council spokesman.
(Source:(Source: Croydon council press release Monday July 27th. Full version at Croydon.gov press releases.)