Ipswich Labour Councillors are celebrating after it was confirmed that consultation on the proposed 20mph scheme in Whitton will finally go ahead. Whitton residents have been asking for years for lower speeds after several accidents involving child pedestrians. In the last five years alone, there has been over 40 injury accidents. Labour has been actively campaigning hard for a 20mph zone, for the whole estate for years. At last, Suffolk County Council has agreed to carry out a public consultation on bringing a 20mph limit for Whitton a step closer.
The consultation runs from the 12th to the 23rd of January and display boards are set up in Whitton Sports and Community Centre and Castle Hill Community Centre to visit during normal opening hours. Residents are invited to complete questionnaires to say if they want this scheme to go ahead.
Ipswich Borough Labour Councillor Stephen Connelly Chairman of NW Area Committee, who submitted the request to the County Council, said; “A 20mph limit across the estate will make everyone feel safer. I am delighted that the county council have confirmed this next step and urge all local residents to make their feelings on the scheme known.”
Labour Opposition Spokesperson for Roads and Transport Cllr Sandra Gage also welcomed the progress, “Since Suffolk County Council announced its new policy on 20mph limits last year, Labour Councillors have asked residents across Ipswich, whether they would like lower speed limits in their roads. This one in Whitton is the biggest area being considered, not just in Ipswich but across the whole of Suffolk. I congratulate the joint efforts of Ipswich Councillors Stephen Connelly and Kathy Bole.”
Jack Abbott, Central Suffolk and North Ipswich Parliamentary Candidate has spoken to many Whitton residents and says, “ It is clear to me that issues around speeding are a major concern, especially around local schools and shops. A 20mph speed limit would help make local residents feel safer walking and cycling.’
Residents will have opportunity to see details of the proposal, speak to Councillors and highway officers at the next Ipswich Borough NW Area Committee meeting, 7.00pm 27th January, Castle Hill Community Centre, Highfield Road.
The proposals can be found at http://www.suffolk.gov.uk/your-council/decision-making/consultations/consultation-on-whitton-and-castle-hill-20mph-speed-limit-proposal/ where residents can complete the forms and submit their views.