20’s Plenty ‘Have Your Say’ Event held in Newport
Following the successful ‘20s Plenty’ conference held on 5th October a ‘Have Your Say’ event was held on Saturday 21st January. This was well attended by people from across the Island including a number of parish councillors. As well as time for question and answer sessions during the morning, the video of the conference had its first showing. Cllr Lumley also expanded on his interview in the video regarding the success of the 20mph restriction in his ward that has been in operation since 2007.
A thought provoking presentation by Paola Spivach from Sustrans showed the use of ‘street pockets’ that reclaim parking spaces for community use as seating or gardens (to view the PowerPoint presentation, please Click Here). On a local level Tom Ransom from Sustrans outlined how they are working creatively with schools to get children travelling to school by foot, bikes and scooters.
A number of issues were raised by residents including pollution, noise and the safety of children travelling to school. In addition a number mentioned heavy vehicles travelling through streets with narrow pavements, which is a particular problem in Carisbrooke. A need for slower speeds was acknowledged, although lack of enforcement of speed limits was highlighted, as well as a requirement for more speed cameras around schools and built up areas.
Cllr Jones-Evans said – ‘I was thrilled with the turnout, it was great to see residents from across the Island. This reinforces the outcome of the conference in October, where delegates felt that this should be the island working together and not individual pockets. However, our campaign is going well in Newport and we will continue to engage with residents to see how we they feel we can apply this in a practical way’.
There will be further ways to comment over the next few months and the video can be viewed below.
Newport Parish Council are spearheading a campaign to bring 20mph to the streets of Newport. As a start to the campaign the Parish Council worked in partnership with the local primary schools to raise awareness of the issue.
As speeding is a particular problem in Carisbrooke High Street, St Thomas of Canterbury Primary School took this one step further and ran a poster competition. Cllr Jones-Evans and Hobart were delighted to be asked to judge and felt this was an excellent way to take the campaign forward.
Cllr Jones-Evans said ‘Slowing traffic down to 20 mph where people live, work and play is a proven way to lift the wellbeing of communities with thousands of students going to school each day in Newport, so raising awareness of this campaign in our schools is a great place to start. As former pupils, Cllr Hobart and I were overwhelmed by the response from St Thomas of Canterbury Primary, Carisbrooke. The creativity and clever word play was impressive – Don’t Hurtle, Be a Turtle! – and trying to pick a winner was a big ask. We chose 3 eventually (out of over 50) which we think will make eye catching posters and make people think twice about their speed around our parish’
Mrs Maggie Sanderson, Federation Deputy Headteacher added ‘The children wanted to share their concern about the speed of the traffic through the High Street. We are very proud of their efforts and look forward to the campaign having the desired effect of making the High Street a safer place for all who use it.’
Following on from the work with the primary schools, Cllr Jones-Evans put together a whole Island conference to discuss 20mph with other town and parish councils. This took place on 5th October and included national speakers as well as local opinion.
Copies of the presentations are available by clicking on the names below:
Rod King MBE – 20’s Plenty for Us
Dr William Bird – Intelligent Health
Kevin Burton – Island Roads
Sarah Sharp – campaigner from Chichester
Chad Oatley – Public Health