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Fowey Town Council brands 20mph consulation "complete waste of time and money"

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: February 10, 2014

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FOWEY Town Council has branded proposals to introduce a 20mph speed limit in the town as "a complete waste of public money and time".

On January 22, Cornwall Council launched a consultation with residents over plans to bring in a 20mph speed restriction for most of Fowey.

However, the town council has hit out at the local authority saying it was not consulted about the plans and argues the new speed limit is unnecessary.

In a statement the town council said: "How can Cornwall Council initiate a consultation in Fowey without even contacting Fowey Town Council?

"The consultation is a complete waste of public money at a time when frontline services are being cut throughout the county.

"However, if Cornwall Council wishes to spend money on the road infrastructure in Fowey it should consult with the town council and agree where the money could be best spent – lighting, potholes and so on."

The town council argues the vast majority of motorists do not speed in Fowey and any additional restrictions would not increase road safety.

The statement continued: "A 20mph limit would, to all intents and purposes, be unenforceable and would certainly not address any road safety issues in the town.

"It is virtually impossible to drive through our narrow streets at speeds in excess of 20mph and, indeed, during the summer months at speeds above 10mph. The very small number of motorists who drive above these speeds would continue to do so whatever the speed limit."

Cornwall Council said the aim of the scheme is to "improve road safety on various roads throughout Fowey with the aim of reducing vehicle speeds and providing a safer environment for vulnerable road-users".

The consultation period will end on Wednesday.

Anyone wishing to view or comment on the proposals can visit https://www.engagespace.co.uk/cornwall/default.aspx?From=www.c ornwall.gov.uk

Alternatively consultation documents can be viewed at the one stop shop at the library in Fowey.

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  • JeremyBadger  |  February 10 2014, 3:50PM

    Do the town council mean like they consulted the public about stopping the use of bus passes on the town bus thus disenfranchising those disabled pensioners who shop in Fowey?

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  • TWINSCREW  |  February 10 2014, 10:45AM

    Typical Council,this is another tax raising initiative designed to catch the odd driver at three o'clock in the morning doing over 20 mph, driving through Fowey I have constantly been passed by pedestrians, yet another example of waste by CC.

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  • josdave  |  February 10 2014, 10:21AM

    Given that police forces all over the country admit to not enforcing any 20mph limit it would be a waste of money.

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