CAMPAIGNERS are continuing their calls for a 20mph limit in North Yorkshire's towns and villages as councillors will discuss the matter next week.

North Yorkshire County Council will hold 2022's first meeting of the executive next Tuesday where a discussion on updating the county's current 20mph policy is on the agenda.

The campaign group 20s Plenty say that updating the policy falls short of their demand for a default default 20mph limit to be implemented across the county.

Council officer Karl Battersby, corporate director of business and environment, has previously said it was “not appropriate” to apply a country-wide 20mph speed limit.

He said that introducing a 20mph speed limit where drivers do not already generally conform to lower speeds, or where a 20mph limit may not be appropriate, is likely to result in poor compliance.

Mr Battersby also pointed out that the majority of crashes in the region resulted from driver or rider behaviour, while excessive speed accounted for just seven per cent.

However, Rod King, founder of 20s Plenty, said lowering the limit had wider benefits beyond preventing crashes.

He said: "North Yorkshire County Council’s focus on casualties ignores the fact that 30mph speeds do suppress active travel and community cohesion.

"There is no specific requirement for physical calming if average road speeds beforehand are above 24mph.

"Quoting the statistics regarding speed not being the “cause” of collisions is rather missing the point.

"Speed is implicated in most collisions not being able to be avoided.”

The 20s Plenty campaign has gained support from 56 parish councils across the county, including nine in Richmondshire and ten in Hambleton.

Ian Conlan, Malton resident from the local branch group 20s Plenty for North Yorkshire, said: “North Yorkshire County Councillors need to listen to their voters, who want default 20mph where people and motors mix, including main roads.

"Default 20mph has been repeatedly delivered in authorities up and down the country in a cost-effective way, reducing accidents, noise, pollution and fear so that children and adults alike can cross and use the road safely where they live, play, work, shop and learn."