Unfortunately for him, Essex county council is not too keen on the proposed change, and the police, who'd of course have to enforce it, aren't too keen either.
Normally, that would be the end of that.
But Nigel's keen on this idea, and Paul Wilkinson, borough transport policy manager, has suggested a way forward. So he's rallying
Faced with frustrating delays, Paul Wilkinson, borough transport policy manager, is suggesting the way forward is for thousands of ordinary Colchester residents to press County Hall to make the change.Hmmm, I feel this could backfire.
What are you going to do, chaps, if you get people writing in with the opposite view?
Probably ignore it. After all, Nigel's a doctor. One of those who thinks he knows everything there is to know about not just
“There is a brick wall in the way at the moment.There. Nigel has spoken. All you detractors just shut up, and do what he says, m'kay?
“I have spent a great deal of my life mending people hit at 30mph rather than 20mph.
“There is no doubt the value in the adage, ‘speed kills’. It is absolutely true. I don’t see how anyone can possibly argue against it – 20mph would be an awful lot safer.”
He's not the only one:
Dennis Willetts, Tory ward councillor for West Bergholt and Eight Ash Green, agreed, saying: “It is what the people of Colchester want so we are duty-bound to do it.What's the betting if this does get forced through, those residents will a) mostly ignore the speed limit they supposedly wished for and b) whinge about any council tax increase brought in to pay for it?
“If you go around and ask anyone on residential estates, most of them want 20 mph. There is no doubt we should implement this.”