Lynne Featherstone MP has welcomed the consultation on a Borough-wide 20mph speed limit for Haringey.
The MP for Hornsey and Wood Green and the Haringey Liberal Democrats have campaigned for residents to have their say on the introduction of a borough wide 20mph limit since 2010.
Hundreds of local residents have also signed a Lib Dem petition calling for the introduction of a 20mph zone, and others have filled in a survey with their views on the proposal.
The launch of the consultation represents a u-turn by the Labour-run Council, who have previously refused to consult on a 20mph limit – rejecting the proposal outright as recently as October 2012.
Liberal Democrat MP Lynne Featherstone commented:
“I am glad that the Council have finally caved in to pressure and agreed to consult on whether Haringey should become a 20mph borough.
“It is vital that residents get to have their say – and this is what the local Lib Dems and I have campaigned for since 2010. Thank you to all who took part in our campaign and have helped us get this far.
“I must say, it seems bizarre – and dare I say cynical – that Haringey Labour are only now campaigning for a speed limit – having rejected and delayed the proposal for years to date!”
Wow, some serious chutzpah from Ms Featherstone here!
What she fails to mention is that the Labour-proposed scheme costs £0.5m whereas the Lib Dem-proposed scheme would have cost £3.5m.
I think I’d rather take a Labour “u-turn” than let the Lib Dems loose with the public purse!
But, as I have said in my e-mail to David Winskill, the blanket 20 restriction imposed by Islington is unenforceable. I have been overtaken doing 25 by the local petrolheads who blaze past at 30 – 40. More sense to ensure SIDE roads or problematical roads ie with school entrances etc are at 20, the rest at 30.