Letter to the Echo on proposed 20mph zones consultation

August 7, 2013 6:11 PM

Surgery

Dear Sir,

While I support 20mph zones in the right places, and have said so in the past, I was surprised to find that the Council's consultation on introducing these zones across Cathays and Roath is only open for two weeks, closing on August 12th.

Consultation forms were handed out at a PACT meeting I attended this week with my colleague Cllr Elizabeth Clark, and signs have been erected at Death Junction. But many residents have complained that they have not been told about the proposals nor have they had the chance to express their views, since so many people are on holiday at this time of year.

I understand the council has held "engagement sessions" but I don't believe they have done anywhere near enough to publicise these or consult residents on these proposals.

Planning applications generally have far longer consultation periods even when they affect comparatively few people. These changes would affect thousands of residents, yet many of them either do not know about the plans or have not had a chance to have their say.

Indeed, much of Cathays is currently uninhabited as during the summer the students have left the city. Is it right to push ahead with these changes while so many residents aren't even here?

Cardiff Council should extend the consultation period so that residents can have their say and I urge all of your readers to fill in the consultation form at www.keepingcardiffmoving.co.uk/20mph

Yours sincerely,

Jenny Willott

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