Chance to tell council 20’s plenty in Cheshire East
A petition has been started calling for a 20mph speed limit on most of residential streets in towns and villages across the Congleton area.
It has been set up by Macctastic – a sustainability action group in Macclesfield – on behalf of Cheshire East Climate Alliance, which brings together local sustainability groups from across the borough.
There is a council vote on 22nd July to set a default 20mph limit on residential roads in Cheshire East, although it may be decided that the current 30mph is more appropriate for some routes.
The move has been made by dozens of councils across the UK “with great success”, campaigners said, “making streets safer for all road users, encouraging active travel and protecting the most vulnerable members of our society.”
David Mayers, of Cheshire East Climate Alliance, said: “It's not the only way we can reduce our dependence on cars and lorries and improve our air quality, but it's probably the quickest and cheapest.
“It will complement perfectly the limited initiatives being introduced by Cheshire East over the next few weeks and months in response to the covid-19 crisis, such as closing streets to vehicles to promote active travel and enable social distancing. It would make a huge difference to the streets where we all live, work and play.”
He added: “The petition will show our councillors there is real public support for this and make sure they vote in favour.”
The petition can be found at change.org, searching for “20’s plenty for Cheshire East”.