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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 accidents.

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 residents.

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 4AJ