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Bounds Green and District Residents’ Association says Haringey Borough Council's 20mph speed limit will 'paralyse' borough
A group of residents fear plans to introduce a 20mph speed limit in Haringey will “paralyse” the area.
Haringey Borough Council has announced a scheme to slow down drivers, to reduce pollution and increase safety on the roads.
But the news has not been well received by members of the Bounds Green and District Residents’ Association, who have written a letter to councillors expressing their anger.
Michael Kyriacou, of The Drive, Bounds Green, said: “I think the 20mph idea is great when it comes to certain accident black spots, schools, residential roads and parks.
“However to have all the main roads of the borough restricted in this way would have such a severely adverse effect that it will paralyse Haringey.
“A large proportion of the traffic at the moment cannot go faster than 20mph due to congestion.
“Think what this will do if all the roads have a maximum limit of 20mph.”
Determined to campaign against the speed limit, the protest group’s chairman, Ken Ranson, wrote a letter of appeal, and delivered it to borough councillors last week.
Treasurer Ron Lock, who helped write the letter, has criticised the council over the new scheme as he believes the negatives outweigh the positives.
Mr Lock is against the borough-wide policy – but does feel 50 per cent of Haringey’s roads should enforce a 20mph speed limit.
He said: “Firstly the council has hinted that it will primarily make roads safer but I believe that to be inaccurate.
“Drivers would not take special care in appropriate places since all roads, wide or narrow, residential or main through roads, are apparently the same.
“They also say about a reduction in pollution but driving at 20mph still requires someone to drive in third gear so it is exactly the same.
“Lorries and buses will be even more polluting in low gears all the time as well.”
The Haringey Independent has asked for a comment from the council.
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