Colchester group to keep road speeds down

Essex County Standard: Campaign plea to make 20 plenty Campaign plea to make 20 plenty

A CAMPAIGN to keep speed limits in Colchester to 20mph is being set up.

UK-wide campaigners 20’s Plenty For Us is looking for volunteers to join its Colchester group.

It claims as a result of its work, more than 8million people live in areas where 20mph zones have been implemented.

Rod King, national campaign leader, said: “So many communities have decided that 20 is plenty in their streets.

“Now it’s time for Colchester borough to do the same.

“Many people in the town have wanted 20mph for a long time and the new Colchester group will draw together supporters to bring pressure on Essex County Council.”

Will Bramhill, the group’s Colchester representative, added: “I’m a driver as well as a cyclist, pedestrian and bus user, so I know that it is perfectly possible to drive at 20mph and I know the huge benefits it brings.

“My first task will be to build up the group. I’ll be working with the existing 20’s Plenty groups in Chelmsford, Basildon and Epping Forest, and would love to hear from anyone who wants to lead a campaign in Harwich, Clacton, Braintree, Witham or Halstead.”

A petition has been set up at 20splentyforcolchester.org.uk and on change.org in support of the campaign.

To find out more, e-mail total20@bramhill.net

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8:46am Mon 20 Jan 14

Say It As It Is OK? says...

Not at all necessary for all of Colchester. Its bad enough now with the motorists who toodle along, in a world of their own at 25mph, even when the limit is 40. Keep the current limits!

However, I support 20 mph for the narrow estate roads and in the vicinity of junior Schools.
Not at all necessary for all of Colchester. Its bad enough now with the motorists who toodle along, in a world of their own at 25mph, even when the limit is 40. Keep the current limits! However, I support 20 mph for the narrow estate roads and in the vicinity of junior Schools. Say It As It Is OK?
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9:26am Mon 20 Jan 14

Route88 says...

Maybe a little more could be done to educate pedestrians too of the dangers of stepping out in the road without looking - especially youngster who are using their mobile phones or listening to music!
Maybe a little more could be done to educate pedestrians too of the dangers of stepping out in the road without looking - especially youngster who are using their mobile phones or listening to music! Route88
  • Score: 4

12:40pm Mon 20 Jan 14

wormshero says...

I don't see a problem with the limit being dropped down residential streets for example, keeping the main roads at their current limit. It's sensible where there is a risk of people walking out infront of the car - especially when there's rows of cars parked at the side of the road. I'd propose dropping estate/residentials to 20 and increasing motorways to 80.
I don't see a problem with the limit being dropped down residential streets for example, keeping the main roads at their current limit. It's sensible where there is a risk of people walking out infront of the car - especially when there's rows of cars parked at the side of the road. I'd propose dropping estate/residentials to 20 and increasing motorways to 80. wormshero
  • Score: 2

1:27pm Mon 20 Jan 14

wardyt says...

I am concerned about the speed of vehicles on the road where I live. Contacted the Council, who said it is not their responsibility and was told to contact the Police. The Police told me it wasn't their responsibility and to contact the Council.

What should I do?
I am concerned about the speed of vehicles on the road where I live. Contacted the Council, who said it is not their responsibility and was told to contact the Police. The Police told me it wasn't their responsibility and to contact the Council. What should I do? wardyt
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1:43pm Mon 20 Jan 14

wormshero says...

wardyt wrote:
I am concerned about the speed of vehicles on the road where I live. Contacted the Council, who said it is not their responsibility and was told to contact the Police. The Police told me it wasn't their responsibility and to contact the Council.

What should I do?
Which council did you contact? The https://www.gov.uk/r
equest-speed-limit-c
hange site says it's the county council that's responsible for speed limits. I'd guess the Highways office at County Hall would be your best place.
[quote][p][bold]wardyt[/bold] wrote: I am concerned about the speed of vehicles on the road where I live. Contacted the Council, who said it is not their responsibility and was told to contact the Police. The Police told me it wasn't their responsibility and to contact the Council. What should I do?[/p][/quote]Which council did you contact? The https://www.gov.uk/r equest-speed-limit-c hange site says it's the county council that's responsible for speed limits. I'd guess the Highways office at County Hall would be your best place. wormshero
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12:53am Tue 21 Jan 14

Boris says...

These petitions have only just started but I have signed both of them. 20 is fast enough for everyone in built-up areas.
These petitions have only just started but I have signed both of them. 20 is fast enough for everyone in built-up areas. Boris
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