Call for county council's 20mph policy to be reviewed was accepted

20 January 2021

Councillor Matthew Jenkins called on Worcestershire County Council to change the way 20mph speed limits are introduced. Currently the county council rules make it difficult for 20mph speed limits to be introduced, even when there is support from residents and the local county councillor.

Matthew said: "The county council's current policy is out of date and too restrictive. Over 70% of the public support 20mph limits where they live. 20mph speed limits in residential streets is also supported by local health services as it supports increased walking and cycling."

The motion asked for a cross-party group to review the current policy to make it easier for 20mph speed limits to be introduced. The amended motion was passed, although there were some criticisms from some councillors, including the Cabinet member Alan Amos, who thought the current policy was fine and didn't need changing.

The cross-party group will probably be set up after the upcoming local elections (expected in May, although Covid may delay them).

There was lots of coverage on BBC Hereford & Worcester on the day of the council meeting about 20mph speed limits with Matthew being interviewed.

Hopefully things are moving (slowly) towards more action!

Matthew and Karen by 20mph sign in the Arboretum

Matthew and Karen by a 20mph sign in the Arboretum






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Events

Talk On Sustainable Living - At Pack It In Store

POSTPONED until September

Location: Market Hall, The Shambles, Worcester, WR1 2RD.

A talk by Phillipa Gilfillan who owns the Pack It In zero waste shop on what inspired her to give up a steady job to set up her zero waste plastic free shop.

The talk will be covid safe as numbers are limited to 30 and the talking will be in the relatively airy market hall area directly outside her shop. As numbers are so limited we need everyone coming to register using the link below.

Music Evening with a Green Tinge at Paradiddles

7pm Tuesday 3rd August

Join us for a relaxed evening of music and chat with a green tinge. Wine, beer, cocktails, soft drinks and vegetarian/vegan food is available to purchase.

This is an outdoor gig, but to remind you what you missed at Glastonbury, there will be some canvas outdoor cover.

Local Artists include Tor Pingree singer-songwriter, your host for the evening and Redwood also a singer-songwriter and Marjory Bisset and her son on violin. Music will start around 7.45pm.

https://actionnetwork.org/events/music-evening-with-a-green-tinge

Petition: Cycle parking at Worcester City Museum

https://www.change.org/p/worcestershire-county-council-cycle-parking-at-worcester-city-museum

Worcester City Museum has no public cycle parking. The City Museum is situated on a cycle lane. Cycle parking would mean that City Museum visitors can make sustainable transport choices and help ease the City's traffic congestion.