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Speed limits ’a States decision’

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STATES members should decide whether the 25mph speed limit should be extended on some major roads, the Home Affairs minister has said.

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Vale deputy Mary Lowe was speaking after the parish strongly opposed the proposals for speed limit reductions throughout the island.

A consultation on Environment & Infrastructure’s plans runs until Monday.

St Martin’s douzaine has also spoken out against the plans.

Deputy Lowe said politicians should have the right to debate and vote on any changes.

‘Yes E&I have the mandate to do this, but so did the previous Education Department when closing St Andrew’s and St Sampson’s Infants.

‘When it’s that controversial and will impact on just about every road user, a proper consultation followed by a States decision would, I believe, be more favourable.’

The Vale douzaine was not opposed to all speed limit reductions and was aware that most of the time it was not possible to travel at the speed limit.

It considered that perhaps traffic flow needed to be improved by removing on-street parking on major routes.

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St Martin’s junior constable Dave Beausire said the douzaine largely agreed with the Vale’s comments.

‘We believe [the roads around] Blanchelande College should conform with the 25mph speed limit like the other schools on the island, but the other [roads] should be left well alone,’ he said.

‘There are far bigger and more important issues in the island to deal with.’

Mr Beausire believed more evidence of crashes and accidents due to speed would be necessary for such big changes.

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‘We would need to give additional equipment to the police for a problem that does not exist. Additional costs should not be spent on trivial issues, they should be spent on other fundamental issues throughout the island.’

Environment & Infrastructure president Barry Brehaut welcomed feedback on these proposals, which ‘focused on the safety and wellbeing of all road users in a number of key areas around the island’.

‘In particular, improving road safety infrastructure aims to encourage sustainable travel by enabling more walking and cycling, which in turn leads to a more active lifestyle.

‘The proposals are the first stage of a planned wider review of existing speed limits. The committee is looking to review speed limits across the island, so people can be reassured that the road in which they live or drive along regularly will also be considered in the future.

‘However, that is a much larger piece of work that once complete will require a policy letter to be submitted to the States for consideration.

‘It was therefore considered beneficial to make a start with these important changes, which are relatively quick and easy to implement.’

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