Bid for 20 mph limits voted down
By Cllr Vilnis Vesma
Newent already has a 20mph limit in the town centre but the conservative-led County Council has successfully opposed a motion to set the same safer limit in more town and village centres.
Liberal Democrat councillors Gill Moseley and Roger Whyborn put forward a motion to introduce the reduced speed limit in streets and roads at Gloucestershire County Council's meeting on 30th June. They say their group wants to give control back to communities so that they can have their say over speed in their local neighbourhoods. They wanted the County Council to work with district councils, parish and town councils to identify all those roads which should adopt the new speed limits. Councillor Whyborn said it was about reclaiming the streets for those who own them so that they can live walk and cycle and feel that children are safe on the streets. "If you are hit at 20mph as a pedestrian you will probably survive, but that's much less likely at 30mph or 40mph," he said.
The motion called on the council to adopt 20mph maximum speed limits in areas where vulnerable road users and vehicles mix. It was backed by Green and Labour members but voted down by conservatives who hold a slim majority. Historical note: in April 2019 the previous County Councillor for Newent, Will Windsor-Clive (Con.), narrowly avoided a driving ban for speeding. He was chairman of the Gloucestershire Traffic Regulation Committee at the time.