Formby Labour Councillors encourage everyone to take part in con

Nina Killen

 

 

Formby's Labour Councillors said it was crucial the people of Formby get their say on whether 20mph zones should be introduced into the town.

Cllrs Nina Killen, Catie Page and Peter Maguire said local people must have their say on the plans to introduce a 20mph limit on all roads in Formby.

The plans for the new speed restriction on all roads in the town, apart from Liverpool Road, Altcar Road and Southport Road, came before the local area committee this week.

As part of the next phase of the proposals, every house in Formby will be consulted.

Cllr Killen said she hoped as many people as possible would respond to the consultation.

Cllr Killen said: "We are going to consult every home in Formby about the 20mph proposals. This is a massive issue for Formby and it is only right that everyone in the town gets their say.

"We are also going to consider keeping Duke Street, Ravenmeols Lane, Kirklake Road and Harington Road at 30mph, due to them being distributor roads, as well as Liverpool Road, Altcar Road and Southport Road, as previously proposed.

"I will be very interested to see the results of this consultation. Since it was suggested that 20mph zones could be introduced into Formby, it has generated a lot of interest, both for and against.

"We want to hear what residents think but the speed of traffic along those roads has been an issue for a while and the roads are by parks and through a housing estate. Twenty's plenty where people live. There were nine injury collisions in Formby last year and that is nine too many. Lower speeds mean accidents are easier to avoid and injuries are less serious and that is what we want to achieve.

"I have been contacted by a growing number of residents in the past 12 months about vehicles speeding in Formby,  particularly on Harington Road. So it will be interesting to see what comes back in the consultation which I urge everyone to complete."

Cllr Maguire said all three Labour Councillors hoped that new pedestrian crossings would be incorporated into the scheme.

Cllr Maguire said: "Thirty-mile-per-hour roads should be roads that accommodate pedestrians and cyclists well, according to 20's Plenty. They should be roads with good footpaths and crossings and should be good for cyclists. 

"We would like to see crossings at Duke Street and Southport Road - but due to Tory-Lib Dem government budget constraints, we are told there is no money for them. However, I have asked for crossings to be considered as part of this scheme, if we keep those roads at 30mph."

Sefton Council held a consultation on proposals to introduce a pilot 20mph zone in Formby last year. A total of 1,581 households in the affected area of Formby were consulted. Forty-two per cent of households responded to the consultation - 71% of whom were in favour of a 20mph restriction.

Cllr Catie Page said she hoped even more people responded this time.

Cllr Page said: "We had a really good response to the pilot consultation last year, but I am sure we'll get an even greater response this time.

"The scale of this proposed scheme means that every single person in Formby will be affected by this. Every single person needs to be given the opportunity to have a say. That's why I am pleased that this consultation was originally scheduled as the next phase of scheme's consideration.

"Every house in Formby will get a letter and a pre-paid reply envelope. The scheme will also be advertised in the Champion, then at the next Area Committee we will make a final decision about what to do.

"So once you receive your consultation letter, please take a few minutes to complete and send them back. Everyone's view in Formby counts."