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Councillors disappointed as local Conservative leader calls 20mph restrictions “C**p”

by Garth Harkness on 12 November, 2020

Saddleworth Liberal Democrat councillors Garth Harkness and Sam Al-Hamdani have expressed disappointment at local Conservative Leader Councillor John Hudson who said that councillors supporting a motion for 20MPH speed limits across the borough on residential roads were “talking c**p”.

Liberal Democrats proposed a motion on 4th November 2020 to seek in principle to implement a borough-wide 20 mph speed limit on residential roads. The motion was carried, however no Conservative councillors supported the motion and Councillor John Hudson was clear he did not support speed restrictions.

Councillor Garth Harkness said: “The village road network in Saddleworth does not lend itself to 30MPH limits and a 20mph initiative needs to be considered. I have been campaigning for a long time with regards to 20MPH speed limits. A recent limit has been introduced in Uppermill, and residents in villages like Dobcross and Delph have been pushing for similar initiatives. It is disappointing that genuine concerns are dismissed in such an insulting way.”

Councillor Sam Al-Hamdani added: “I hear about 20mph speed limits from residents more often than almost any other topic; speeding traffic is not only a safety issue, there is a need to reduce damage to parked cars and walls. We listen to our residents – if they have a problem, we address it. It’s a shame not all councillors feel the same way”.

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