Concern regarding speeding through the village is often a recurring theme in recent Parish surveys. With that in mind the Parish Council recently passed a motion to join the growing national campaign to support:
20’s plenty where people, live, work and play
Local Authorities have the power to set speed limits, so along with other Parish and Town Councils, the aim is to persuade Hertfordshire County Council to adopt this policy county-wide as well as in Wigginton itself. County-wide campaigns involve 20’s Plenty groups across a highway authority area jointly calling for 20mph limits. Rather than compete for funds, campaigns work together for the policy commitment to giving all built up areas wide 20mph limits. Unity is powerful and it’s the most cost-effective policy.
The benefits of a 20mph speed limit are multi-fold, including, but not limited to:
- Creating a safer environment for everyone but particularly children, families and the elderly to be out and about, walking to school or the shop, at play, enjoying bike and scooter trips.
- Promoting healthy activity, a more pedestrian friendly environment, less pollution and a reduced risk of serious injury or death.
- Many village roads do not have a pavement or footpath to walk on.....pedestrians compete with passing traffic.
Join the campaign: 20s Plenty stickers for cars, wheelie bins and bikes will be available to pick up at the Annual Parish Meeting or can be purchased directly from the 20s plenty website. The Parish Council, with the support of our local Hertfordshire County Councillor, Sally Symington, is working with the Highways Dept. to undertake ‘Speed and Traffic Surveys’ in the village. Statistics are only one aspect .....if you want to achieve speed reduction in the village make sure Hertfordshire Highways have no doubts about public feeling.
You can let us know your thoughts comments on the Parish Council website and contact HCC transport committee through our local HCC Councillor, Sally Symington. Come to the Annual Parish Meeting to sign the petition and display 20s plenty stickers on wheelie bins, cars and bikes. Find out more about 20s Plenty on their website: