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Dad’s slow down plea

Simon Burton from Stowmarket has started a campaign to bring the speed limit in residential area down to 20mph

Simon Burton from Stowmarket has started a campaign to bring the speed limit in residential area down to 20mph

A father-of-three from Stowmarket is leading a campaign to reduce the town’s speed limit in residential areas to 20mph.

Since November, Simon Burton, 42, of Chelsworth Way, has set up a website, an online petition and a Twitter account to bring awareness to the issue.

Now he is looking to recruit more people to begin a letter writing campaign to get the local authority to lower the speed limit.

Simon said: “I have three children all under the of seven and I fear for their safety.

“I used to play out in the street as a child – now it is far too dangerous for kids to do that.

“A friend of mine who I used to work with championed a 20’s plenty campaign in Oxford.

“I thought if they can do it there, why not in Stowmarket?

“I think it is a very sensible thing to do.

“Just look at the statistics – accidents halve when the speed limit is cut to 20 and there are far more cyclists on the road.

“I just think in a town like Stowmarket you don’t tend to drive above 20 in residential areas anyway.

“If it helps make people slow down and stops just 
one accident it will be worth it.”

Simon’s campaign has been backed by road safety charity Brake.

Nick Batty, spokesperson for Brake, said: “Brake supports Simon’s campaign for 20mph speed limits to 
be put in place in 
Stowmarket.

“Drivers slowing down to 20mph or below around homes, schools and shops is life-saving and life-enabling.

“It helps protect people on foot and bike – especially the most vulnerable, like children – because it gives drivers a better chance of stopping in time in an emergency.

“For this reason we have seen many forward-thinking local authorities in towns and cities across the UK – including Portsmouth, Liverpool, Newcastle and Hull – put 20mph speed limits in place and many more local authorities now look set to follow this lead.”

Suffolk County Council was unavailable for 
comment.

For more information on Simon’s campaign, visit www.20splenty forstowmarket.moonfruit.com, or follow @20forstowmarket on Twitter.

 

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