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  • "
    Jack Ham wrote:
    bloodaxe wrote:
    Young the Southbanker wrote:
    D'you ever get the impression the councillor on the cabinet have got their fingers in their ears and are just shouting 'LaLaLaLaLaLa".

    A law or rule that is unenforceable, uneccessary, wasteful and unwanted will not be respected; demeaning what respect there is for the law.
    The Bridge fiasco lessons have not been learnt.
    Lendal Bridge may have been unpopular; that doesn't, per se, make it wrong.
    Oh dear. That attitude shows the contempt cabinet members have for residents opinions and is EXACTLY why you will lose control of CYC next year.

    It does seem that the closer we get to May 2015 the more deluded this administration becomes. A few of the back benchers can see what's coming but the rest of you have isolated yourselves so far from reality I do believe you think you're doing a good job!

    With Anna Semlyn no longer standing for re-election surely it's now time to quietly drop this expensive and poorly supported policy. At a time when Labour a choosing to increase fees, make redundancies, cancel gritting and sell off what's left of our prize assets is this really the time for such nonsense?

    And before you say it.....the cuts are NOT a direct consequence of central government cuts. They could all have been easily avoided if you had behaved more responsibly and put public service before personal vanity.
    What! Anna the '20's plenty' queen not standing for re-election, must be too busy with her property portfolio and yoga business just like a good little socialist."
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More York streets to get 20mph limits

More York streets to get 20mph limits

More York streets to get 20mph limits

First published in News York Press: Photograph of the Author by , Political reporter

STREETS in the east of York will join the city-wide 20 mph speed limit as the programme is rolled out in coming weeks.

City of York Council has announced that residents in the east of the city will be the next to get leaflets telling them about the upcoming change in their areas.

The policy started in the west of the city before being rolled out in the north this April. The council's ruling Labour group says widespread 20 mph limits will make the streets safer and more accessible for pedestrians and cyclists.

It was included in the 2011 Labour manifesto for York but has faced criticism since its inception and last year it was revealed that only seven residents out of 13,000 surveyed in a public consultation had voiced support for the policy.

Cllr David Levene, cabinet member for transport, said: "Introducing these speed limits aims to create an environment where traffic is travelling under 20mph, alongside and complementing our existing programme of targeted accident reduction measures.

"This will help improve the local environment of neighbourhoods for residents: replacing the mish-mash we have at the moment with a consistent, clearly understandable approach to promote more considerate driving."

And although North Yorkshire Police have spoken in favour of lower speed limits in residents streets, the scheme has been branded costly and ineffective by Labour's political opponents.

Both Conservative leader Chris Steward and Liberal Democrat leader Keith Aspden say they support 20 mphs limits in some areas but condemned the blanket approach being taken in York.

Cllr Steward said: "Although we continue to support 20mph schemes where residents back them, this continues not to be the case in York where the blanket approach does not enjoy popular support and is merely a vast unnecessary cost when the money could be better spent elsewhere.

"Unfortunately one of the real problems of the blanket zones is they also lessen the impact where the restrictions are most needed – including at schools"

Cllr Aspden added: "The council’s proposals would see 20mph limits on the vast majority of local roads, even narrow cul-de-sacs where cars would struggle to reach 20mph.

“I am not convinced it is an effective use of resources and residents will be concerned about signs being put everywhere, including in Fulford’s conservation area.”

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