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‘15 minute city’ or ‘20-minute neighbourhood’?

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  1. chdot

    I’m assuming this is genuine

    SW1A OAA

    17th February 2023

    Thank you for your correspondence about "fifteen-minute cities" and "twenty-minute neighbourhoods'

    I am grateful to you for letting me know your views. However, I am in agreement with Nick Fletcher, M.P. The idea of a twenty-minute neighbourhood ignores the advantages of an increased speed of travel so is purely an anti-car policy. The local authorities who have implemented such schemes are similar in outlook to our own Liberal Democrat Council, who seem to delight in making life as difficult for the motorist as possible.

    The neighbourhoods of old were natural creations not diktats. They were limited in scope by the speed of walking or riding, only a misplaced nostalgia makes them appear attractive. In the moderr: world the car brings freedom and the opportunity to visit places that are not within a twenty-minute walk. The circumference of the twenty-minute journey has been massively increased by the motorcar to the transformative benefit of the economy and people's freedom. If you can average thirty miles an hour in twenty minutes, you can travel ten miles in any direction; if you walk at three miles an hour, you can only go one mile in any direction in the same amount of time. This means you can. visit an area 100 times larger. This increases the number of friends who can be visited and provides a greater choice of the shops and facilities that you use. Businesses can specialise more which improves the quality of service. This has been of fundamental economic importance. Stopping people using their car is economically damaging through the deprivation of choice. If people wish to live with less technology that is their prerogative but I will always oppose those who wish to take away our freedoms and prosperity.

    With every good wish,

    Posted 4 weeks ago #
  2. the canuck

    "If you can average thirty miles an hour in twenty minutes,"
    The word 'if' is doing a lot of heavy lifting in that sentence.

    Posted 4 weeks ago #
  3. Morningsider

    ...I will always oppose those who wish to take away our freedoms and prosperity.
    Consistency not really Mogg's strong point.

    Posted 4 weeks ago #
  4. neddie

    Translation: "...I will always oppose those who wish to take away my freedoms and prosperity"

    Posted 3 weeks ago #
  5. chdot

    Get ready for more of this -

    In the latest experiment cooked up by eco-nutters, Kent's only city will be swallowed, digested, spat out and carved into five new restrictive driving zones which will split locals into districts - turning Canterbury into a 15-minute city in all but name.

    Posted 3 weeks ago #
  6. chdot

    British Land believes it has benefited from the scheme’s launch after the changes triggered by the pandemic, including the widespread adoption of more remote working, and residents’ new demands of their neighbourhoods, the so-called “15-minute city” model, designed for people to be within walking distance of local shops, leisure and services.

    Posted 2 weeks ago #
  7. chdot

    “It’s brilliant,” says Toni. “It’ll make such a difference to this area. I can’t wait for Christmas when we can just do a 20-minute walk into George Square and the shops.”

    Posted 3 days ago #

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