May 1st, 2016 Edit

I support the Space for Cyclists campaign in its endeavours to extend facilities; increase road space and improve the safety of journeys for cyclists across the city.

Whilst I appreciate the current Labour Party administration’s view on 20mph zones at the current time, at no point have they said they would never adopt them. However, it must be appreciated that funding would have to found for them, and the difficulties created by the continuing pressure of Tory government cuts has to be factored into any decision.

Secondly, evidence has shown that not all residents support 20mph zones, so, as an elected representative, I could only endorse their implementation where the majority of people in an area had expressed their desire for them.

In terms of the role of these zones play in improving safety and changing drivers’ behaviour, evidence is very split. It must be acknowledged that, in some places, they have been introduced but subsequently had to be removed, at the cost of tax payers.

Figures show that Hampshire Police have lost 780 officers since 2010. The police confirm that, as the enforcer of 20mph zones, they do not have the funding, or capacity, to support them in Southampton at this time.

If I’m elected on May 5th, I would want to raise and discuss with the cabinet member, how we might pursue this in the future.

I reiterate the support for the campaign that I gave in my previous response and look forward very much to working with you in support of the Cycle Forum and in helping to develop the Council’s work for a Cycle Strategy.

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