Lancashire Telegraph20mph limits to be rolled out faster in Burnley, Hyndburn, Rossendale and Chorley (From Lancashire Telegraph)

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20mph limits to be rolled out faster in Burnley, Hyndburn, Rossendale and Chorley

Lancashire Telegraph: 20mph limits to be rolled out faster in Burnley, Hyndburn, Rossendale and Chorley 20mph limits to be rolled out faster in Burnley, Hyndburn, Rossendale and Chorley

THE roll out of 20 mph speed limits in residential areas of Burnley, Hyndburn, Rossendale and Chorley is to be speeded up after the county council transferred £1 million from its public health budget.

The decision by health boss Azhar Ali is further endorsement of the Lancashire Telegraph’s ‘Slower Speeds, Safer Children’ campaign.

This aims to bring the lower limit to all residential areas across East Lancashire.

It was launched last summer after government figures showed Blackburn with Darwen was officially the worst local authority in England under-16s killed or badly hurt on its roads.

The county is committed to rolling out 20 mph zones in all its 12 boroughs including Pendle, Hyndburn, Rossendale and Ribble Valley.

Last week Coun Ali, who represents Nelson South, approved the cash transfer to boost the implementation of the 20mph programme.

He said using the public health grant to help pay for the zones boosted other health and wellbeing initiatives.

Blackburn with Darwen Council is awaiting results of a sign-only 20 mph zone in Mill Hill before deciding whether to extend the lower limit to all residential streets.

Leading campaigner, Liberal Democrat leader David Foster, said: “I am delighted to see the county council pressing ahead with the roll-out of 20 mph zones in residential areas and its acceptance of its health benefits.

“I just wish Blackburn with Darwen Council would stop delaying this life-saving safety programme in our borough.”

Former county Tory leader Geoff Driver said: “I welcome the county council pressing ahead but when we lost control of the authority last year there was enough money in the roads budget to pay for its full implementation.”

Blackburn with Darwen regeneration director Brian Bailey said: “We are piloting a 20mph sign-only area in Mill Hill.

“More than 400 roads in the borough already have 20 mph limits.”

A county council spokesman said: “It is a priority for the county council to continue to reduce deaths and injuries on our roads”

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5:21pm Tue 29 Apr 14

Elegant1 says...

I thought that the health budget could have done with the £1m if it is going spare. Just where in the budget has it come from?
I thought that the health budget could have done with the £1m if it is going spare. Just where in the budget has it come from? Elegant1
  • Score: 16

5:58pm Tue 29 Apr 14

HarryBosch says...

I thought they pretty much had Hyndburn covered. You can more or less guarantee whenever turning from the main roads into any of the side streets that they are all 20mph. If it saves lives, then it can only be good.
I thought they pretty much had Hyndburn covered. You can more or less guarantee whenever turning from the main roads into any of the side streets that they are all 20mph. If it saves lives, then it can only be good. HarryBosch
  • Score: 13

6:17pm Tue 29 Apr 14

maxcollie says...

And who is going to police it?
And who is going to police it? maxcollie
  • Score: 16

6:46pm Tue 29 Apr 14

wilddog says...

Sorry but wot a waste of all that money when we are cutting services like there is no tomorrow. Now dont get me wrong, its a good thing but who is going to enforce it? Are the police gonna be on every st waiting? How many of you have walked through a 20MPH zone and still seen cars speed past? Most of you! Drivers know nothing will be done to stop them or if there is,it will be very very little. Money would be better spend on parks etc for the kids to keep them from having to play on the streets because the local parks etc have been closed down!
Sorry but wot a waste of all that money when we are cutting services like there is no tomorrow. Now dont get me wrong, its a good thing but who is going to enforce it? Are the police gonna be on every st waiting? How many of you have walked through a 20MPH zone and still seen cars speed past? Most of you! Drivers know nothing will be done to stop them or if there is,it will be very very little. Money would be better spend on parks etc for the kids to keep them from having to play on the streets because the local parks etc have been closed down! wilddog
  • Score: 21

7:17pm Tue 29 Apr 14

samthedog1 says...

The 20 mph signs in Burnley went up at least 2 years ago, Most people like Taxis, and Mums on the school run, totally ignore the speed restriction signs !!!! and so do the police patrol cars.
The 20 mph signs in Burnley went up at least 2 years ago, Most people like Taxis, and Mums on the school run, totally ignore the speed restriction signs !!!! and so do the police patrol cars. samthedog1
  • Score: 14

8:01pm Tue 29 Apr 14

burner says...

" faster " . . . ?? What ?? 21 mph .
" faster " . . . ?? What ?? 21 mph . burner
  • Score: 14

8:16pm Tue 29 Apr 14

Steven Seagull says...

samthedog1 wrote:
The 20 mph signs in Burnley went up at least 2 years ago, Most people like Taxis, and Mums on the school run, totally ignore the speed restriction signs !!!! and so do the police patrol cars.
Stand there with a hand held radar do you?
[quote][p][bold]samthedog1[/bold] wrote: The 20 mph signs in Burnley went up at least 2 years ago, Most people like Taxis, and Mums on the school run, totally ignore the speed restriction signs !!!! and so do the police patrol cars.[/p][/quote]Stand there with a hand held radar do you? Steven Seagull
  • Score: 10

9:18pm Tue 29 Apr 14

John05 says...

People generally drive at a speed that is safe and reasonable for a road. A minority will always drive like maniacs and a few signs with 20mph on them won't stop them. The police have already said they won't enforce the 20mph limits and, if they were to do it, plenty of self righteous people, including local residents, would find themselves with £100 fines and three licence points for doing 23mph, where prosecutions start in a 20mph zone. We have so many public health issues in the area, and so many roads that are a complete mess, this is a horrible waste of money.
People generally drive at a speed that is safe and reasonable for a road. A minority will always drive like maniacs and a few signs with 20mph on them won't stop them. The police have already said they won't enforce the 20mph limits and, if they were to do it, plenty of self righteous people, including local residents, would find themselves with £100 fines and three licence points for doing 23mph, where prosecutions start in a 20mph zone. We have so many public health issues in the area, and so many roads that are a complete mess, this is a horrible waste of money. John05
  • Score: 14

9:21pm Tue 29 Apr 14

John05 says...

Elegant1 wrote:
I thought that the health budget could have done with the £1m if it is going spare. Just where in the budget has it come from?
When I was at Towneley Hall on Sunday afternoon plenty of parking tickets were being given out to people who were parked properly and were well within the time they'd paid for. No doubt any supposedly spare cash comes from extorting made up fines from motorists who are punished and bullied from every side. People's health and wellbeing doesn't matter, if they have cars they're portrayed as evil and treated as cash machines.
[quote][p][bold]Elegant1[/bold] wrote: I thought that the health budget could have done with the £1m if it is going spare. Just where in the budget has it come from?[/p][/quote]When I was at Towneley Hall on Sunday afternoon plenty of parking tickets were being given out to people who were parked properly and were well within the time they'd paid for. No doubt any supposedly spare cash comes from extorting made up fines from motorists who are punished and bullied from every side. People's health and wellbeing doesn't matter, if they have cars they're portrayed as evil and treated as cash machines. John05
  • Score: 10

11:37pm Tue 29 Apr 14

ConcernedOssy says...

Excuse me for asking a silly question but if the police will not enforce these limits what is the purpose of them. Are they not enforceable (even though this may be impractical) if not why not. If there are no positive answers scrap the lot instead of throwing good money after bad.
Excuse me for asking a silly question but if the police will not enforce these limits what is the purpose of them. Are they not enforceable (even though this may be impractical) if not why not. If there are no positive answers scrap the lot instead of throwing good money after bad. ConcernedOssy
  • Score: 12

6:06am Wed 30 Apr 14

suttydog says...

I have the 20mph signs on the estate where I live and can tell you drivers think they mean you cant drive below 20mph
DONT WORK
TOTAL WASTE OF MONEY
and that's a fact
I have the 20mph signs on the estate where I live and can tell you drivers think they mean you cant drive below 20mph DONT WORK TOTAL WASTE OF MONEY and that's a fact suttydog
  • Score: 9

7:14am Wed 30 Apr 14

shytalk says...

maxcollie wrote:
And who is going to police it?
The hundred job seeking scroungers that the police are now recruiting
[quote][p][bold]maxcollie[/bold] wrote: And who is going to police it?[/p][/quote]The hundred job seeking scroungers that the police are now recruiting shytalk
  • Score: 10

9:33am Wed 30 Apr 14

AnthonyUK says...

So it's ok to have subaruchavs and bloody big bore exhaust cars with blaring stereos to speed at 40mph and above in residential areas speeding as if it is normal?
So it's ok to have subaruchavs and bloody big bore exhaust cars with blaring stereos to speed at 40mph and above in residential areas speeding as if it is normal? AnthonyUK
  • Score: 11

9:34am Wed 30 Apr 14

AnthonyUK says...

ConcernedOssy wrote:
Excuse me for asking a silly question but if the police will not enforce these limits what is the purpose of them. Are they not enforceable (even though this may be impractical) if not why not. If there are no positive answers scrap the lot instead of throwing good money after bad.
The reason they're not enforceable because there ARE NO POLICE TO ENFORCE THOSE LIMITS.
[quote][p][bold]ConcernedOssy[/bold] wrote: Excuse me for asking a silly question but if the police will not enforce these limits what is the purpose of them. Are they not enforceable (even though this may be impractical) if not why not. If there are no positive answers scrap the lot instead of throwing good money after bad.[/p][/quote]The reason they're not enforceable because there ARE NO POLICE TO ENFORCE THOSE LIMITS. AnthonyUK
  • Score: 7

9:36am Wed 30 Apr 14

AnthonyUK says...

HarryBosch wrote:
I thought they pretty much had Hyndburn covered. You can more or less guarantee whenever turning from the main roads into any of the side streets that they are all 20mph. If it saves lives, then it can only be good.
They don't work because many deliberately speed and choose to ignore the 20mph limit.
[quote][p][bold]HarryBosch[/bold] wrote: I thought they pretty much had Hyndburn covered. You can more or less guarantee whenever turning from the main roads into any of the side streets that they are all 20mph. If it saves lives, then it can only be good.[/p][/quote]They don't work because many deliberately speed and choose to ignore the 20mph limit. AnthonyUK
  • Score: 11

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