Following petitions from residents for lower speed limitsResidents in a neighbourhood in Earlsfield are being asked if they would like a new 20mph speed limit introduced in their streets including Franche Court Road, Burmester Road and Aldren Road.
The council is formally consulting people living in this part of the borough after receiving petitions from local residents calling for lower speed limits outside their homes.
Councillors have said that wherever there is significant support for a 20mph limit in a particular area they will invite everyone living in the area to have their say.
Transport spokesman Cllr Jonathan Cook said, “People residing in this part of Earlsfield have signed petitions asking for lower speed limits. As a result we are asking all the households in this area if they support the idea.
“Our view is that changes like this can only legitimately be decided by the people who would be most directly affected.”
Highways engineers recently completed the installation of 20mph limits across large parts of Balham and Tooting following a ballot of local people, while work is now underway on lowering speed limits in eleven other residential areas across Wandsworth. In all these cases a clear majority of residents supported the changes.
Cllr Cook added, “It would not be right to impose these types of changes without a specific mandate from those directly affected, bearing in mind that initiatives like this can only work effectively if they have the active support of people there.”
The Earlsfield consultation will conclude on Sunday October 4th. People living in the streets in question can find out more background information online or go straight to the questionnaire. If you do not have internet access and wish to respond to this consultation, please telephone (020) 8871 6538.
September 15, 2015