Paul Kennedy secures review of 20 mph schemes

March 24, 2021 9:02 AM
By Paul Kennedy

Paul KennedyPaul Kennedy, Lib Dem candidate for Surrey Police and Crime Commissioner, has secured a commitment at today's Police and Crime Panel meeting from the current PCC David Munro to raise the issue of 20 mph areas with Surrey County Council and Surrey Police.

The Lib Dems and many local people across Surrey want to see more 20 mph areas outside schools and in residential areas to improve road safety and encourage sustainable travel like walking and cycling. However, both Surrey County Council and Surrey Police have often opposed such initiatives despite 20 mph schemes being successful and popular elsewhere in the country.

In response to a question from Paul Kennedy at the Police and Crime Panel, PCC David Munro agreed to review the Police's approach to 20 mph areas as part of the re-launch of the DriveSmart programme about road safety.

Paul Kennedy said, "More and more communities across Surrey, such as Godalming and Oxshott, are interested in 20 mph schemes. Frustratingly the County Council and Police have often not been supportive - but I am pleased that pressure from the Lib Dems and local residents seems to have worked, and the approach to 20 mph schemes is being reviewed."

"The Lib Dems have long called for more 20 mph areas in residential areas where people want them and outside schools as well as sensible speed limits in country lanes. There is now real momentum to make our roads safer and more inclusive for all users. Earlier this month Godalming Town Council passed a motion that could see 20 mph areas introduced in the town and its surrounding areas."