TALKING POL­I­TICS

Macclesfield Express - - YOUR VIEWS -

JOHN KNIGHT, GREEN PARTY

WHEN we’ve gone round on our reg­u­lar sur­veys of res­i­dents to see what is­sues mat­ter to them, 70 per cent of peo­ple have told us they are con­cerned about road safety.

Peo­ple re­ally want safer and calmer roads, par­tic­u­larly the nar­row res­i­den­tial streets in the older parts of town, where cars ac­cel­er­at­ing up to top speed are caus­ing a real dan­ger. In par­tic­u­lar, res­i­dents have told us about prob­lems on Bond Street, Cromp­ton Road and Great King Street - these roads are a real con­cern, the coun­cil is not do­ing enough and is not lis­ten­ing.

Many coun­cils across the north west and around the coun­try have adopted the ‘Twenty’s Plenty’ pol­icy, a 20mph speed limit is now stan­dard in res­i­den­tial streets across Manch­ester, Warrington and in towns through­out Lancashire and Cheshire West.

Our Cheshire neigh­bours have seen 65 per cent fewer road traffic col­li­sions, with a 40 per cent re­duc­tion in the num­bers killed and se­ri­ously in­jured and a 69 per cent re­duc­tion in slight in­juries. How­ever, Cheshire East Coun­cil an­nounced ear­lier this year that they have no plans to in­tro­duce sim­i­lar re­duced-speed zones in our towns, in­clud­ing Mac­cles­field.

Ac­cord­ing to the Royal So­ci­ety for the Pre­ven­tion of Ac­ci­dents, a pedes­trian hit by a ve­hi­cle trav­el­ling at 30mph is nine times more likely (45 per cent) to be killed than at 20mph (5 per­cent).

Of course, lower speeds make ac­ci­dents less likely any­way. There­fore, we’re launch­ing our Safer Streets cam­paign.

We’re ask­ing res­i­dents to iden­tify the streets where there are prob­lems.

Armed with this in­for­ma­tion, we will cam­paign vig­or­ously to en­sure that these streets have safe speed lim­its set on them and mea­sures to en­force this so that res­i­dents are safe to walk on the streets where they live. Please con­tact me at [email protected]­party. org.uk and to­gether we’ll get on with mak­ing our streets safer.

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