IT matters to us in Herefordshire that neighbouring Wales has been preparing for the speed limit change in most residential areas from 30 to 20 mph from September 17 in line with the practice in many European towns and cities where it is 30kph (18.6mph).

Reducing vehicle speeds massively reduces injuries on the roads. The evidence is that it also reduces emissions and noise, encourages sustainable travel alternatives, and makes our towns and cities more liveable.


The experience is that, while some drivers grumble on social media, residents overwhelmingly welcome safer streets.

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There are economic benefits too, not least in cost savings to the NHS, police and in road maintenance. On March 6 2000, full council took the decision to progress with the ‘20’s Plenty’ scheme in Herefordshire.

Although it was a Green Party initiative here, elsewhere it has been taken forward by conservative administrations, and in Herefordshire, Councillor Norman’s motion achieved crossparty support.

There is to be a public meeting about 20 mph in Herefordshire at 7pm on September 20 at the Left Bank in Hereford. Do come if you want to find out more.