Green Party leader supports Westboune’s 20s Plenty

Sarah Sharp (20s Plenty Chichester), Thomas French (Green Party candidate), Emma Weatherstone (20s Plenty Westbourne), Colin Carre (Greening Westbourne) and Natalie Bennett (Green Party Leader) in Westbourne. PICTURE BY MAKEALA PAPWORTH
Sarah Sharp (20s Plenty Chichester), Thomas French (Green Party candidate), Emma Weatherstone (20s Plenty Westbourne), Colin Carre (Greening Westbourne) and Natalie Bennett (Green Party Leader) in Westbourne. PICTURE BY MAKEALA PAPWORTH
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WESTBOURNE’S 20s Plenty campaign attracted interest from the leader of The Green Party Natalie Bennett.

She visited Westbourne to offer her support to the resident-led campaign.

The visit was on Sunday, October 6, but the Observer could not report this at the time because of electoral rules surrounding a by-election in the village.

“The Green Party is a strong supporter of local 20s Plenty campaigns, especially in villages such as Westbourne,” said Ms Bennett.

“After all the hard work of local community volunteers, who have submitted a petition of over 800 signatures and letters of support from local businesses, it is hoped this campaign will soon achieve its goal.

“We need to encourage ‘active transport’ – walking and cycling – to reduce congestion and air pollution, and improve public health.”

Ms Bennett met the Green Party candidate for Westbourne Thom French, who came third in the by-election, campaign worker for Chichester’s 20s Plenty scheme Sarah Sharp, and Emma Weatherstone who is leading Westbourne’s campaign.

The Westbourne campaigners, who have been working for three years to change the speed limit in the village, have handed in their petitions to West Sussex County Council.

Now the council have put down speed monitors to look at the average speeds of the traffic through the village.

“There is an overwhelming support for the campaign and what we are doing,” said Mrs Weatherstone.

“We want people to realise this is a residential community, and to respect it when they are driving.”

Mr French, said: “Thanks to the hard work of Sarah Sharp and her team in Chichester, 20 mph speed limits were finally launched in residential streets all over the city this July and we are already seeing a difference with safer streets for cyclists and pedestrians.

“Westbourne, and other rural villages like it, should logically be the next to achieve this landmark given the needs of a community that includes many parents with young children and older residents who all want to feel safer on Westbourne’s busy streets.”