Sunday, April 05, 2015

Whickham 20mph zone proposals

The scheme put forward by Highways officers at Gateshead Council for a 20 mph blanket zone in Whickham has now been officially advertised by the placing of legal notices.

People are asking us how they can make their comments, either to object to the scheme or to support it.

We recently wrote in our Focus newsletter that these need to be made in writing to Mike Barker, Legal and Corporate Services, Gateshead MBC, NE8 1HH.

However, we now also understand that Council officers will accept comments via email – MikeBarker@Gateshead.Gov.UK

All comments must be with the Council on or before 10th April 2015.

So far, representations have been made by Ward councillors that around 70% of the people who replied to our survey are in favour of a 20 mph zone around schools but opposed to a blanket zone. We know this because we have recently carried out an extensive survey amongst Whickham residents.

Other questions that residents have asked us are:

What is the reason for introducing the scheme? – it has been proposed as part of the West Gateshead Links to Schools project. The Council’s aim is to improve the journey to school taken by pedestrians and cyclists.

How is it being paid for? – the funding is coming from the Government, from the Department of Transport.

So if you have a view on this scheme, this is your chance to make your voice heard. To make sure that your comments are included, please send in your comments as soon as possible.

Photo: me, Cllr Chris Ord and Kevin McClurey on Front Street where Gateshead Council are installing a new crossing.

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