Safer and cleaner streets for our residential areas should now be one of top items on East Sussex County Council's agenda.
The lockdown has resulted in cleaner air quality, which has been a silver lining to the terrible virus. As we recover, we must work to preserve this better air quality - especially near our schools. This starts with creating 20mph speed limits in the vicinity of schools.
Over 14 million people across the country live in local authorities which are adopting, or have adopted, this policy. Through democratic debate, those communities have decided that "20 is Plenty Where People Live". And it is those same communities who have then changed their behaviour to drive slower in residential streets where there are schools and people walking and cycling.
20mph must become the default speed limit on residential and urban streets. This can be done on most streets without the need for any physical calming, no need for expensive speed bumps or cameras, just some signage telling people to slow down, which will save lives and reduce pollution.
We call on East Sussex County Council to wake up to the facts and make the changes necessary to reduce air pollution and save lives as a result.