Chichester 20’s Plenty consultation closes today

Public consultation on a 20mph limit for residential roads in Chichester closes today (Monday, September 24).

Members of the South Chichester County Local Committee agreed to a public consultation on all residential roads in the city earlier this year.

Today is the last chance to comment before a decision is made by councillors.

On Saturday, members of the 20’s Plenty campaign had a stand in North Street encouraging anyone who had not yet taken part in the consultation to cast their votes.

Pollution

Sarah Sharp, chairman of the 20’s Plenty for Chichester Community Group, said: “We should like to thank all the schools and other local organisations that have joined us in our campaign for a 20mph limit in residential streets over the last few years.

“I would personally like to thank all the volunteers, including many motorists, who have manned our stands during the last few weeks.”

Mrs Sharp said the group agreed with a recent Statement of Reasons for amending the law which said: “It is considered desirable to reduce pollution and congestion by encouraging more people to make their journeys around Chichester on foot or by bicycle. Reducing the speed limit from 30 mph to 20 mph will make the area more ‘friendly’ to pedestrians and cyclists and encourage more people to choose these forms of transport when travelling around the city.”

Opinion

The 20’s Plenty consultation has split opinion amongst our readers in recent months.

Matthew Knight, of Norwich Road, Chichester, said: “I write this letter from the perspective of the cyclist and my view is that the changes proposed will make either no difference or make safety worse and the money spent on implementing this scheme could be better spent in providing safety for cyclists and pedestrians in other areas.”

Mr Knight also said arguments for reducing congestion were flawed as, in 40 years of living in the city, he had only experienced problems on the suggested roads at school pick-up and drop-off times, where traffic was already driving slower than 20mph.

However, another correspondent, Sue Organ, wrote: “Yes, 20 mph can seem tediously slow when we are all used to speeding about, but in retrospect, other laws that seemed to curtail our freedoms at the time – drink-driving laws and smoking spring to mind – now seem eminently sensible.

“They have resulted in a gradual change of attitude and one can hardly believe that they were so strongly resisted, or that life would be better without them.”

Have your say

The consultation can be viewed online at www.westsussex.gov.uk/20mph.

You can share your views with us by emailing letters@chiobserver.co.uk.