• COUNCIL WILL CONSIDER 20'S PLENTY, FOLLOWING FATALITY NEAR CITY CENTRE

    22/04/2013

    Councillor Nick Sandford, leader of the Peterborough Liberal Democrats presented a motion to full council on Wednesday last week. With cross-party support, he requested that an enquiry be undertaken by the Council into the possibility of introducing a 20 mph speed limit in all residential streets in the City.

    Councillor John Shearman is a long time supporter of the 20s Plenty Where People Live campaign. He spoke in favour of the motion and stressed the need for the 20mph limit to apply to all residential areas and not just to selected parts of the City.

    Council agreed. The enquiry will take up to twelve months and Councillor John Shearman will ensure residents across Park Ward are fully consulted on the possible introduction of the 20mph limit.

    Background

    Safer Streets In Peterborough – Petition On Council Agenda

    http://www.newlistener.co.uk/home/safer-streets-in-peterborough-petition-on-council-agenda/

    At last week's Council meeting John Shearman presented a petition to the Council, signed by residents in Princes Gardens and St Mary's Close, as well as by a small number of visitors to properties in Princes Gardens, calling on the Council to introduce measures designed to reduce excessive vehicle speeds in Princes Gardens. This follows the recent undertaking John has been given that a full review will be conducted on the traffic situation along the through-route from Eastfield Road to Dogsthorpe Road along Princes Gardens, Princes Gate and Princes Street.

    Background

    On 29th March (Good Friday) a young father of two was killed at the junction of Broadway and Princes Street.

    http://www.peterboroughtoday.co.uk/news/travel-transport/travel-transport-news/family-heartbroken-after-father-of-two-killed-in-collision-1-4960742

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  • What Will Peterborough City Council Gain From The 20mph Places Conference?

    In 2011, residential 20mph limits without traffic calming, won EU and UK Government best practice status. Therefore, wide-scale 20mph limit implementations are inevitable.

    Consultation, engagement and implementation incur costs - about £1400 per km or £2-£3.50 per head - ie £500k for a city of 200,000 people.

    Coming to the 20mph Places Conference on 1st May at London Transport Museum has these benefits.

    • Save the authority money by learning how to consult, social market and implement 20mph limits well. Also understand funding strategies and how to win partner organisation contributions.

    • Save time by having an implementation strategy that works quickly to gain popularity and driver compliance

    • Avoid making mistakes / de-risk your implementation of 20mph limits by learning to avoid potential pitfalls.

    • Learn the best practice evidence on how to most quickly and effectively reduce the number and severity of road casualties where you live

    The 20mph Places conference is in collaboration with PTRC training – see http://www.ptrc-training.co.uk/event.php?id=270

    20's Plenty for Us Peterborough asks Peterborough City Council who it will send to the Conference and what it hopes to gain from attending. A formal response is invited, addressed to peterborough@20splentyforus.org.uk

    Anna Semlyen, 20’s Plenty for Us Campaign Manager, T: 07572 120439 e: Anna.s@20splentyforus.org.uk

    www.20splentyforus.org.uk, www.20splentyforus.blogspot.com

    Join our campaigner Yahoo group groupregister@20splentyforus.org.uk

    Join our facebook group http://tinyurl.com/20splentyonfacebook Follow us on Twitter @20splentyforus

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  • Every Death on Every Road by BBC News

    The BBC has mapped twelve years of road deaths in the UK.

    Find your area to see patterns of fatalities.

    (These statistics don't include injuries not resulting in death.)

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  • Dogsthorpe, East and Park Neighbourhood Committee discuss 20's plenty

    The Committee met on 17 Oct 2011

    The discussion as reported in the Peterborough Evening Telegraph

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  • Air quality - a key health issue

    Parliament's green watchdog, the Commons Environmental Audit Committee, has come out and condemned the coalition government for putting thousands of lives at risk by trying to water down EU air quality rules, instead of prioritising action to cut pollution on UK roads.

    Dangerous levels of particulate matter and chemicals in th air are contributing to tens of thousands of early deaths every year in UK cities. 30,000 deaths in the UK were linked to air pollution in 2008, with 4,000 in London alone. It's perhaps surprising then that business plans produced by the Department for Transport and Defra do not even mention air quality, and this is despite a commitment in the coalition agreement to work towards full compliance with EU air quality standards.

    The Government will be able to pass EU fines for air pollution breaches to local authorities, subject to new procedures in the Localism Bill. Furthermore, they claim that councils have the tools available to improve air quality. However, the Committee's report raises a number of concerns about the ability of councils to tackle this problem without coordination and assistance from central Government, pointing out that the causes of poor air quality are often beyond an individual authority's control.

    Joan Whalley MP points out that " the Government should help local authorities remove the most polluting vehicles from our streets, by introducing a national framework for low-emissions zones." Caroline Lucas MP adds "Ministers must take urgent action to improve air quality across the UK - and step up efforts towards a greener transport policy, to encourage people out of their cars and onto public transport."

    It is nothing short of a national scandal that so many people continue to die from air pollution - much of it from vehicles - in the UK in 2011. Who is taking responsibility for this? What's more, it is often the poorest people in our cities, living near the busiest roads, who have to breath in vehicle fumes, dangerous chemicals and bits of tyre.

    The 20s Plenty for Peterborough campaign recgonises the importance of reducing these emissions through slower traffic speeds, and wants to see improved health outcomes for our city's people, wherever they live.

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