Diss council votes not to support MP’s community speed limit campaign

Diss, Norfolk. Diss On View at the Park Hotel - opened by Richard Bacon MP with Ed Nottingham and Mike Bardwell ENGANL00120120708103718
Diss, Norfolk. Diss On View at the Park Hotel - opened by Richard Bacon MP with Ed Nottingham and Mike Bardwell ENGANL00120120708103718

Diss Town Council says it will not be giving its backing to a local MP’s community speed limit campaign, after the debate was resolved by a narrow vote.

At a recent town council meeting, councillors decided they would not support the Community Right to Reduce Speed, a proposal devised earlier this year by South Norfolk MP Richard Bacon in a letter sent to Patrick McLoughlin, central government’s Secretary for Transport.

The proposal, based on the Community Rights in the Localism Act, called for residents to be given the right to lower the speed limit on a named road within their parish’s boundaries by 10mph, with a presumption in favour of their request unless the police objected on safety grounds.

However, Diss Town Council passed a motion not to support the campaign, with six councillors voting for and five councillors voting against, whilst two councillors abstained.

The summary of the debate during the meeting read: “Whilst Diss Town Council has great respect for Richard Bacon, MP, it was felt this campaign was not something the council could support.

“The decision about whether it was appropriate to reduce speed limits should be taken by qualified highways engineers who had access to all the facts.”

Back in September, Mr Bacon received a national road safety award by the charity Brake and Direct Line Group for his campaign, which reported support from MPs, councillors and local communities.