The leader of the Green Party is to support people campaigning for 20mph speed limits in Suffolk’s towns and villages.

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In the New Year a Suffolk County Council panel is expected to make recommendations about extending the limits across the county.

Today Natalie Bennett, as part of a three-day visit to the region, will be visiting Occold, near Eye, one of three villages already enjoying the benefits of a 20mph limit.

But she will also travel to Eye, where more than 900 people have signed a petition calling for a similar limit.

Ms Bennett said: “When I was in Suffolk a year ago, our Green councillors had just triggered a row at county hall with a proposal to allow any community that wanted 20mph limits to have them.

“A year on, I’m delighted that Green councillors and activists have made sure 20mph limits are fully on Suffolk’s agenda. People in villages and small towns have just as much right to safe streets with lower pollution as people in big cities.”

In Eye, Ms Bennett will be meeting with town mayor Linda Cummins.

Green councillor John Matthissen, who represents Onehouse in Mid Suffolk, will be touring the county with his party leader.

He said: “More and more communities in Suffolk are recognising the benefits of slower speeds where people live.”


  • These are dangerous people if you wish to own and drive a car. The greenies will have us back in the dark ages if we are not careful! And as for supporting the 20 limits; perhaps SCC would be kind enough to provide a list of towns and villages on their website so I can avoid them all - and their already hard-pressed retail outlets. I'm not a speed merchant, but I am fed up paying extortionate amounts of taxes to drive my vehicle only to have more and more draconian measures placed upon me, where there is no need.

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    Thursday, December 12, 2013

  • 20 mph speeds limits are appropriate only in exceptional circumstances. Suffolk already has too many inappropriate 30 mph limits. The problem with inappropriately low limits is that drivers cease to believe in them and tend to ignore the limits when we most need them observed. There is a balance to be struck between the need to move around efficiently, and to walk around safely. Let's face it, a car can kill at 5 mph. Pedestrians and cyclists need to take personal responsibility too. In most cases where 20 mph might be appropriate, the need for a stricter limit is a very few hours per day. Often that will be school arrival and departure times. Often, the need for the lower limit is pathetically poor and inconsiderate parking by the very people wanting a 20 mph limit.

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    Tim M-S

    Saturday, December 14, 2013

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