​​​​​​​Why 20’s plenty for Cheltenham

Published on 31st October 2017

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Public consultation runs throughout November. Have your say - online survey opens Monday 6 November.

Cheltenham’s residents, businesses and visitors are being asked for their views on proposals to reduce vehicle speeds in residential roads and the town centre to 20 mph.

These plans follow the ‘20’s Plenty for Us’ campaign which aims to make communities more people-friendly and streets more pleasant places to be.

A public consultation will run from Monday 6 November until Monday 4 December and residents can have their say in an online survey and find out more about the campaign and proposals on the council’s website from Monday at www.cheltenham.gov.uk/20-is-plenty.

Information will also be on display in the foyer of the Municipal Offices, Promenade, Cheltenham, GL50 9SA.

Councillor Andrew McKinlay, cabinet member for development and safety, says: “Cheltenham Borough Council is concerned about safety and speed on the town’s roads; and the effect that traffic has on the quality of the town’s air. We take the view that use of 20mph limits is one of a number of potential measures that might help address these concerns and we want to know what you think.”

“Traffic is managed by Gloucestershire County Council, so the aim of this consultation is to help us to test the appetite of our communities and gather information that will help us in discussions on the suitability of 20mph limits with the County Council.”

Councillor Max Wilkinson, chair of the council’s overview and scrutiny walking and cycling group and the council’s walking and cycling champion, continues: "Reducing speed limits helps create calmer and more pleasant streets where people live, while improving air quality and encouraging people to walk and cycle.

"Walking and cycling is proven to make people happier and healthier, while cleaning our air helps the most vulnerable. I think achieving these aims of stronger communities, improved health and protecting vulnerable people is something we should all consider."

For media enquiries, contact: Jemima Lawson, communications officer, telephone 01242 775050, email communications@cheltenham.gov.uk

The Department for Transport recently changed its guidance to encourage area wide 20mph limits. In this it recognised that lower speeds across whole towns not only increase safety but make communities better places to live.

Find out more about 20s Plenty for Us on their website: http://www.20splenty.org/

Portsmouth, Leicester, Newcastle, Oxford, Wirral, Bristol, Colchester and Islington have all made 20 mph the speed limit for residential roads.

20mph speed limits may now be set without using speed bumps or other physical measures. This is best done across a whole town for its residential roads. This enables most people to live on a 20 mph street and have all the benefits.

Speed limits are mandatory and enforceable. Therefore the police will usually make routine checks on the speed of motor vehicles on roads and may issue fines to anyone found breaking the speed limit.