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Conservatives kick road safety proposals into the long grass

January 23, 2014 5:50 PM

Barnet Liberal Democrats are calling for 20mph speed limit zones in BarnetProposals for a 20 mile per hour speed limit around schools should have been discussed at this week's council meeting.

Liberal Democrat Councillor Jack Cohen moved a motion supporting more 20 mph zones. He believes this would bring a host of benefits to the area, including encouraging people to walk or cycle to school.

Jack said: "People don't feel safe walking on our streets and around schools, so it's about time the council tackles this head on. It's a no brainer, and if we have 20mph zones, it's a win-win situation. There will be fewer serious accidents. We should be helping mothers walk their children to school by slowing the traffic down - it's about time we take action."

Statistics from the Department of Transport show a 20 mph speed limit could reduce accidents by 60 per cent.

Cllr Cohen added: "This will also mean less cost on the NHS dealing with accidents and injuries, so we'll all benefit."

But the Council's Conservative administration voted not even to debate the motion. Instead it was just voted upon, but not before the Conservatives replaced it with their own amendment which basically kicks the plan into the long grass.