What local people say

1. Mary Meadows – High Salvington Residents’ Association
2. Tony Barton – Chairman of Castle Ward neighbourhood policing panel
3. Richard Rood – Worthing Auctioneer & Valuer
4. Chris Pearson – Worthing resident
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. Lloyd Cole – Worthing resident
6. Mrs C Price – Worthing resident
7. Julie Bignall – Worthing resident
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. Chris Gould – Worthing resident
9. Ros Rowley – Worthing resident
10.David Goss – Brighton resident

 

20pSpeech marks“I am Chair of High Salvington Residents’ Association; the current membership of which is 821 households strong, and I believe there to be a total of 1000 households here. I have been advised of the proposed reduction in the speed limit, within a large area of Worthing, to 20mph; and the potential impact it could have on our community. I THEREFORE PROVIDE MY OBJECTIONS TO THIS PROPOSAL AS FOLLOWS:

OBJECTION 1: POTENTIAL LOSS OF BUS SERVICE FOR HIGH SALVINGTON RESIDENTS

For High Salvington to lose its only bus service would be totally unacceptable. In support of the residents of High Salvington, I completely object to the proposed reduction in speed to 20mph owing to the probable removal of our only bus service. Residents relying on this service would effectively be ‘marooned’ up here. In addition to elderly residents there are also a number of commuters, children and teenagers that use the current service.

Recent history of my fight for our sole bus service:

In my capacity as chair, I wrote letters of complaint during 2012/13 to Stagecoach expressing residents’ concerns regarding ‘frequency reductions’ to the then Stagecoach, No. 6, bus service.  Fortunately, and I would like to think that my complaint helped, the service was later handed over to Compass Travel who reinstated an hourly service. Our new, No 7, service, was met with extremely positive feedback from High Salvington residents, asnot only are they able to travel more frequently, once again, but they can also enjoy additional destinations such as Durrington Tesco, B&Q, etc. and even Lancing. I am told that residents do shop at the various shops on route, in particular Tesco, Durrington.

OBJECTION 2: FURTHER IMPACT FOR RESIDENTS AS A RESULT OF OVERALL PUBLIC TRANSPORT REDUCTION IN WORTHING

In support of the residents in High Salvington, I further object on the grounds of the potential overall reduction of bus services within the Worthing area. Given the current problematic volumes of traffic in and around the Worthing area, together with ever escalating petrol costs, which could actually be forcing  some car owners to commute by bus, it would seem absolutely illogical to allow this proposal the go ahead. Public transport should be being increased not decreased.

OBJECTION 3: (MY OWN PERSONAL OPINION IN ADDITION TO MY SHARING IN THE ABOVE OBJECTIONS)

GOVERNMENT FUNDING: With the UK enduring the impacts of the worst recession ever known, whereby ‘drastic’ government cutbacks and efficiency savings have been and will continue to be necessary, causing massive job losses (within the police, military, etc.), it would be totally irresponsible, and an insult to tax payers who are already enduring the awful effects of the recession, to fund the proposed reduction in speed limit to 20mph.

Within the arena of ‘managing funds’ and ‘cost cutting’ my opinion is not only rooted  in ‘common sense’ but with that of many years of ‘experience’, having worked as a Budget Analyst for a US Government department and a Financial/Business Analyst for a blue chip company; the later of which, during the UK 1990’s recession, had to initiate major cuts within all areas of its  direct operating cost budget.”

 ~ Mary Meadows, High Salvington Residents’ Association ~

20pSpeech marks “At our last neighbourhood panel meeting, although it wasn’t on the agenda, Cllr Trevor England asked us to vote on the “20 is plenty” campaign. After due discussion our vote was, with one abstention, a resounding “No, we don’t want or need it”

~ Tony Barton, chairman of Castle Ward neighbourhood policing panel ~

20pSpeech marks “I have seen the drawing of the 20mph area the West Sussex County Council are proposing in the Worthing area and having been in business in Worthing for over forty years I strongly object to what is being considered.

Being in the auction business my job involves me visiting properties throughout the Worthing area and therefore I tend to travel mostly in the 20mph speed limit area.  I see nothing wrong with the current 30mph limit and I feel should it be reduced to 20mph my business will be seriously affected as it will curtail the number of house calls I will be able to do in a day and also my carriers will be able to do less collections in a day.

I feel that the proposal rather than looking into the future is a step back into the past going back to the days of the horse and cart.  It also appears as just another money making scheme by the Council to attack the motorists with speeding fines.”

~ Richard Rood, Auctioneer & Valuer ~

20pSpeech marks “Does anybody think of the massive increase in pollution 20’s Plenty will cause?  Decreasing the speed limit by one third increases the journey times one third, engine running time to one third, one third more pollution.  What is actually wanted, wherever it can be safely done, is to speed up journey times through better traffic management so that pollution is cut, and we hope that future generations can breathe fresh air.  So think about it, 20’s Plenty of pollution, if anybody else can think of better ways of polluting our planet and costing millions, I am all ears.” 

~ Chris Pearson, Worthing resident ~

20pSpeech marks “Forget Duncan Kay’s fairyland annual £12 million cost for not implementing his Worthing-wide 20’s Plenty scheme stated in the Herald.  I asked the following freedom of information question of Portsmouth City Council: What budget savings have been made directly due to the implementation of your city-wide 20-mph zoning?  The Portsmouth City Council PA and business support officer to the head of transport and environment replied, “I have been informed that no savings were made from implementing the 20mph zones in Portsmouth.”  If additional enforcement measures are required, it will actually cost more.”

~ Lloyd Cole, Worthing resident ~

  20pSpeech marks“It amazes me nobody ever seems to come up with a scheme to educate people to cross roads safely, like when my children were young – they were taught the Green Cross Code.  Surely if people checked the road was safe to cross before crossing it would make a significant different to the amount of current road accidents involving pedestrians.  Every time I drive my car, I note the way numerous people casually cross the road, either without checking first to see if it is safe to cross, or just walk into oncoming traffic assuming the driver has seen them, or instead of using a crossing which is only a few yards away, choose to walk across a dangerous road.  There are people either on their mobile phones, or ear phones listening to music, oblivious of traffic.”

~ Mrs C Price, Worthing resident ~

20pSpeech marks “I am a driver and a cyclist, and I think it’s an awful idea, and a waste of money.  Worthing is a bottleneck as it is, and I don’t think it will have an effect.”

~ Judey Bignall, Worthing resident ~

20pSpeech marks “Kent County Council has wisely decided against implementing “Twenty is Plenty”.  They say that there is no evidence that it saves lives.  Duncan Kay claims that it would, and is very plausible in his talks.  He quotes what is said to have happened abroad where the conditions are different and irrelevant. 

He has been shown to misrepresent and cherry pick results of what has happened over here.  Major roads are not included in the scheme.  It only applies to residential roads where very few accidents occur.  Even if the scheme did work, it would not be possible to make the claimed reduction in accidents on these alone.  He now claims that 80 percent of Worthing residents are in favour of 20’s Plenty.  No one that I have spoken to is in favour.  He must have moved the decimal point one or two places.

I urge councillors and others to think again before the promised consultation.  Think beyond “You are more likely to be killed if hit at speeds above 20mph”.  Think what effect this expensive scheme would have.

As I see it, there will be more vehicle and pedestrian collisions due to pedestrians jaywalking and misjudging speed.  The injuries will be more severe than those occurring with vehicle collisions.  Those who ignore the present limit will certainly ignore a ridiculously low one (modern cars have good brakes so you are unlikely to be hit at 30mph in a 30 limit unless you stepped directly in front of one).

The police do not have the resources to enforce it and have more important things to do.  More fuel will be consumed as motorists make detours to save time.  The money would be better spent on the urgently needed road resurfacing”

~ Chris Gould, Worthing resident ~

20pSpeech marks “I cannot physically get involved, but I want to support the NO campaign.  I DO NOT want a 20mph speed limit. It is a ridiculous idea for all the reasons you state.”

~ Ros Rowley, Worthing resident ~

20pSpeech marks “As a resident of Brighton, the last thing you need in Worthing is a 20mph speed limit. Our looney Green council have spent a fortune on major road changes, none of which will ever be restored to their original state due to cost.

It is impossible to hold to 20mph in third gear, no one I have spoken to drives at that speed anyway. As for safety, if the Greens can come up with a way of stopping cyclists going through red lights, weaving in and out of traffic etc & pedestrians walking about in the road with an attitude problem, then I would like to hear from them.

I can see what damage it will do to business. Here in Brighton we have bus lanes, another sore point with motorist because of the stupid way the council have implemented them. I accept that public transport is vital, more reason then to keep traffic flowing faster, not slower.

I do hope Worthing is spared the misery of 20mph”.

~ David Goss, Brighton resident ~