‘Timid’ 20 mph zone plan is approved

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campaigners calling for an immediate 20 mph speed limit for all Sheffield’s residential streets have criticised council chiefs after plans for smaller-scale speed reductions were approved.

Members of the Twenty’s Plenty lobby, who attended the Sheffield Council cabinet highways committee meeting along with members of the Green Party, branded the council proposals ‘timid’.

Ruling Labour councillors approved plans to divide £280,000 equally between Sheffield’s seven community assemblies whose members will then decide which streets should have 20 mph zones.

Members of the public will have the opportunity to nominate suitable streets.

John Bann, Sheffield Council’s head of highways, said there was not the money at present for a city-wide scheme at a time when the council is facing major cuts.

Coun Leigh Bramall, cabinet member for transport and highways, hit back at the campaigners, saying: “For everyone in favour of this scheme I get just as many people contacting me to say it shouldn’t happen.”

The first new 20 mph zones, which will not have humps, could be installed this year.