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Warning for speeding drivers in Brandeston

PUBLISHED: 07:00 04 November 2016

Driver was speeding in 30mph zone (stock image)

Driver was speeding in 30mph zone (stock image)

New measures are being introduced to tackle speeding problems in an east Suffolk village in response to concerns raised at a public meeting.

Brandeston Parish Council has bought a portable “speed indicator device” using funding from its district and county councillors, which will be rotated between two locations in the village.

In a message to village residents, parish chairman Will Elson said the device was being introduced as “part of a number of initiatives to calm traffic and make the village roads safer for us all”.

He said the decision had been taken after issues were raised at Brandeston’s annual parish meeting in May. “During the discussion about the dangers of speeding, councillors listened and took on board the wishes of those present and took note of what people thought would be most effective without impacting too much on the street scene,” he added.

The device, which will be mounted on posts in Low Street and the Earl Soham end of The Street, display a digital readout of drivers’ speeds as they approach to dissuade them from breaking the limit.

Mr Elson said the type of device had been chosen to be “advisory rather than instructive to the motorist” and is already used effectively in other Suffolk villages. It also collects statistics about the speeds of passing vehicles, allowing it to be analysed for effectiveness.

Christopher Hudson, who represents Brandeston at Suffolk Coastal District Council, donated £1,000 from his enabling communities budget and Robin Vickery, whose Suffolk County Council (SCC) division covers the village, donated a further £2,860 from his locality budget towards the device. Mr Elson expressed “sincere thanks” on the village’s behalf to the two councillors, as well as Nigel Panting, of SCC’s highway team, and Paul Kirton, who led the parish council’s efforts.

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