Comment - Streets for Living / Road Safety
Hoppers Road by David Flint.
This summer Enfield Green Party focussed on Hoppers Road.
Although a residential street with a school most motorists exceed
the 30 mph limit, frightening residents and occasionally causing
accidents. In fact it's quite surprising that there haven't been more
So we've been very active in collecting signatures for a petition to
reduce the speed limit to 20 mph and take actions to make this stick.
We showed the petition forms on a stall and took them house to
house. On the doorstep we found overwhelming support - more
than 90% - for lower speeds, and real frustration about both the
speed of motorists and the lack of effective action by the council.
The illuminated signs make it easy to see who is breaking the speed
limit but do little to reduce speeds.
By August we had collected 700 signatures which we presented to
Enfield's Cabinet member for the Environment, Chris Bond. Several
Labour councillors have supported the petition so we look to
Councillor Bond for action. Words will not meet the needs of local
Meanwhile we are talking to councillors, officials and to the local
pressure group that wants a 20 mph limit round Winchmore Hill
Green. And our next Pizza and Policy event will be about traffic.
There's real momentum behind this issue.
First published in the EGP members newsletter, October 2012
Published and promoted
by Bill Linton for Enfield Green Party, both at 39A Fox Lane, London N13