Commitment on 20mph speed limits welcomed

A commitment to introducing 20mph speed limits across East Sussex has been welcomed.

The Liberal Democrats on East Sussex County Council (ESCC) say they are delighted in succeeding in pushing through the commitment, along with other road safety measures at a meeting last week. It was agreed the county council would work with communities, other councils and organisations to look at improved levels of safety for pedestrians.

County Councillor Carolyn Lambert said ESCC has an ‘appalling record on road safety’, adding, “The latest report from the Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety named ESCC as amongst the worst performing highways authority with regards to road safety and added that its residents are at high risk of being a casualty on the roads. It is high time that the Conservatives on the County Council faced up to their responsibilities in the area. This is a real victory for local residents and campaign groups who have repeatedly petitioned for 20mph limits.”

She added it was unfortunate that the Conservatives had turned down Lib Dem proposals to fund the immediate introduction of 20mph limits schemes from the local Transport Improvements budget.

Councillor Carl Maynard, lead member for transport and environment, said, “It’s quite wrong to describe our record as poor. The fact is that the number of people killed and seriously injured on our roads has been consistently falling. The Conservative administration sees the introduction of 20mph limits where appropriate as just one part of a series of possible measures aimed at ensuring safety for drivers and pedestrians alike. We have already included a raft of these in our capital programme and will continue to work in partnership with town and parish councils and other interested parties to make our roads even safer.”