Further proof of the need for better enforced speed controls on key routes through Croydon was delivered by another out-of-control motorist on the eve of the end of the council’s 20mph consultation.
Inside Croydon‘s loyal reader sent us this picture, taken from a window of their Grange Road home in Thornton Heath on Monday, after the latest prang on this notorious accident black spot. Fortunately, on this occasion, no pedestrians or by-passers were seriously hurt.
Some jokers and people with views so extreme that they have been kicked out of UKIP are opposed to Croydon Council’s 20mph proposals for residential streets in the north of the borough. This despite 20mph limits having been imposed, and successfully enforced with speed cameras, on roads in the south of the borough.
It seems that for those opposed to the scheme, getting to an appointment a minute or two sooner is more important than trying to make our roads safer places.And the issue of the race track through Thornton Heath that is called Grange Road has also caused a split in the ranks of the Labour group in charge of Croydon Council.
Earlier this month, Inside Croydon reported how Labour Alderman Adrian Dennis, a former ward councillor, had come out against the 20mph policy. Dennis specifically opposed a 20mph limit on Grange Road.
According to Dennis, 20mph speed limits, “… do not work on main roads, which why the Thornton Heath Neighbourhood Association has objected to the proposal in the first area as it includes the A212 (Grange Road)… This is also the view of the local councillors”.
But Matthew Kyeremeh, one of Dennis’s successors as an elected councillor in Thornton Heath, has told Inside Croydon that, “I was not consulted by Alderman Dennis nor is the view expressed by him exactly my view.”
Kyeremeh said, “For the record I will like to state that as a local councillor for Thornton Heath and in my personal capacity I fully support this 20mph campaign as proposed. I have been out there at the doorstep canvassing for support for the scheme as proposed by the Labour administration of which I am part.”
The outcome of the consultation is likely to be published in a couple of months.
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