Council responsible for getting people up to speed on changes

The Observer reported the 20’s Plenty campaign will now be ‘responsible for educating the public’ about the change in traffic speeds. That’s not correct.

Last summer, in the county council’s public consultation, the overwhelming majority of people (76 per cent) voted for 20mph limits. Subsequently, the councillors on the Chichester South County Local Committee voted unanimously to introduce 20mph limits into Chichester’s residential roads from spring this year, and 20mph limits are now official WSCC policy.

As such, the main responsibility for implementing the limits and educating the public lies with WSCC. Indeed the councillors recognised the need for educating the public, in order to maximise compliance, and set aside a sizeable sum for this, none of which was drawn from the pothole budget.

While campaign members will continue to champion and explain the reasons for slower speeds – greater safety, health and a greener carbon footprint for our city – the fact is that the 20’s Plenty campaign group ultimately does not have the manpower or resources to put together and run a comprehensive education campaign. Rather the group slots in alongside other partners WSCC is engaging with, such as CDC, the police, fire, ambulance service, social services, public health, education, Smarter Choices, sustainability services and traffic management.

With a high level of support in the city already, we are confident that the messages all these groups send out will be warmly received by the majority of road users. Indeed, with the proposed growth in the number of households, and consequently cars, envisaged in the local plan, we believe the contribution 20mph limits can make to greener forms of travel across the city will be even more quickly appreciated now than it was when the county council commendably put the question to the residents of Chichester last summer.

Sarah Sharp

20’s Plenty for Chichester