A key aim for GPG is to help make Penarth a more environmentally friendly, healthier and safer place to live and work.
One step that would help in all these areas would be the introduction of a 20mph speed limit in the town centre and residential streets. There has been growing support for this idea nationwide over the last few years and the measure has already been implemented by over 30 local authorities in the U.K with at least another 12 committed to its implementation.
There are many benefits for a community in implementing the 20mph limit, the most obvious being safer streets for all road users. Lowering residential speed limits to 20mph has been found to decrease child pedestrian accidents by up to 70% and in Portsmouth the introduction of the 20mph limit has reduced casualties by 22%.
The increased safety on the roads also acts as an encouragement for more people to cycle and walk and helps to create a friendlier and healthier environment for all members of the community.
Other benefits include reductions in noise and air pollution and research shows that the lower limit has a negligible effect on journey times.
The Vale of Glamorgan Council is now looking into the possibility of implementing the 20mph limit in Penarth. A proposal to consult on this idea was on the agenda at the recent Community Cabinet meeting held in Penarth. There was strong public support for the idea at the meeting where all 15 members of the audience who addressed the subject were in favour. The recommendation was approved and the Vale will now be consulting further on the proposal.
GPG would encourage all who think that this is a good idea for our communities to contact their local Councillors to make them aware of public support for the proposal.
More information on the nationwide campaign and the benefits of residential 20mph limits can be found at www.20splentyforus.org.uk
Contact details for Councillors can be found on the Vale website and at writetothem.com
The next GPG public meeting will be taking place on Thursday 21st February, 6.30pm at the Windsor Arms, Windsor Road.The meeting’s theme is ‘Safe Streets / Clean Air’ and will be focusing on the possible benefits of reduced residential speed limits for Penarth and also problems with air pollution in the town. The guest speaker at the meeting will be Rod King, the founder and campaign director of the national 20’s Plenty for Us campaign. Entrance to the meeting is free and open to all. view poster