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Petition calls for E&I committee to resign

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A PETITION has had such strong support that those behind it have demanded that the committee behind new speed limit changes immediately resign.

Pete Ward with his petition calling for the Environment & Infrastructure Committee to resign over the changes to speed limits in the island. (Picture by Peter Frankland, 22750924)

The campaign was posted online on Saturday.

It originally called for a vote of no confidence in the current Environment & Infrastructure committee following the decision to reduce speed limits on about 80 island roads from 35mph to 25mph.

Currently, there are 2,081 signatures and more than 640 comments online.

When the committee consulted on its plan, 55% of respondents objected.

One of the organisers of the petition, Pete Ward, said it had surpassed his expectations and he will present it to the States in a fortnight.

‘As of [yesterday] hard copies will be distributed to various locations around the island.

‘As a result of overwhelming public response it is requested that the committee formally stand down (resign) with immediate effect, without causing the States to raise a no-confidence motion and costing the taxpayer yet more money and wasting States time,’ he said.

According to Mr Ward the main objections to the law change have been a lack of engagement with the public on behalf of the committee.

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‘We feel they just haven’t listened to the public. As a driver, I actually think they could increase the speed limits on certain roads.

‘I do think that the road by Blanchelande and the one by the Friquet could be reduced in speed. We just feel like they’ve gone out on their own and haven’t listened to the people,’ he said.

E&I president Barry Brehaut said: ‘The committee has considered all the responses and evidence provided during the consultation.

‘There were 165 responses objecting to the changes and 136 in favour. All of the objections were addressed in the decision notice.

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‘The petition contains references to an island-wide speed limit of 25mph, which is not a proposal. E&I cannot introduce any of the proposed 68 new limits without endorsement from the States.’

While E&I does not have to produce a full policy letter for debate, the statutory instrument that would enact the change does get put to the Assembly. A member would have to then move a successful amendment to annul it to keep the status quo.

  • The online petition is at www.ipetitions.com/petition/vote-of-no-confidence-ei-guernsey.
Alex Warlow

By Alex Warlow
News reporter

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