Can cost of 20mph zones be justified?
Road safety and improvements are a top priority according to Leicester City Council.
Councillor Rory Palmer stated this with the additional comment that "thirty-one minor accidents are 31 accidents too many", in response to the suggestion from Councillor Nigel Porter that 20mph zones were a "a waste of money" (Mercury, December 19).
Four hundred thousand pounds is quite a lot of public money to spend on a scheme which might not warrant it, and it's refreshing to see that this possible waste as been brought to the public's attention, especially in times of serious cut-backs on spending, and possible further tax increases in the 2012.
Taking into consideration some of the selected areas mentioned, there would appear to be no justification for channelling £400,000 into those areas, unless they are real hot-spots for road accidents.
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I cannot find any evidence that individual streets mentioned are accident hot-spots.
Belgrave Road West was given as one such area that requires attention, but can I say that the Golden Mile itself has a rather impressive traffic light system arrangement, possibly not found like this anywhere else in Leicester, and a fair share of public money went into providing this.
Richard Murphy, Leicester.