War on speeding declared by Whitehill Town Council

Sunday 31st July 2022 6:00 am
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Whitehill Town Council leader Cllr Andy Tree and Ch Insp Habib Rahman
Whitehill Town Council leader Cllr Andy Tree discusses speeding and Speedwatch with Ch Insp Habib Rahman (Whitehill Town Council )

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Speeding drivers are being targeted by Whitehill Town Council.

At a meeting of the council’s executive committee on July 21, members voted to support the re-establishment of Whitehill & Bordon Speedwatch and to assist it in advertising for volunteers via the council’s social media pages.

Town council leader Cllr Andy Tree said: “The town council has no direct power over speed limits or enforcement as we are not Hampshire highways or the police.

“However, speeding does concern residents and so we have tried to do our bit by purchasing the two speed indicator devices that are being rotated around town and recording data we can share with highways and the police.

“We want to do more and support the re-establishment of Whitehill & Bordon Speedwatch, and have been in touch with them via the police and now directly. I have also put myself forward to volunteer.”

Wearing his other hat as county councillor for Whitehill, Bordon and Lindford, Cllr Tree is also supporting Lindford Parish Council in its search for volunteers to create a Lindford Speedwatch.

Community Speedwatch is co-ordinated by Hampshire Constabulary in partnership with local councils and other agencies.

Volunteers must be aged over 17 to join and more information is available on the Hampshire Constabulary website.

Anyone interested in volunteering in Whitehill & Bordon or Lindford who can spare a few hours per month should email [email protected] hampshire.police.uk

Meanwhile Hampshire County Council is seeking the views of residents about 20mph speed limits within Hampshire.

Cllr Edward Heron, the executive lead member for transport and environment strategy, said: “We are keen to hear from as many residents, businesses and other stakeholders as possible, to find out their views on the implementation of 20mph limits in the context of other highways priorities and the county council’s statutory duties to maintain the highway in a safe condition within a limited budget.”

The survey is available at https://www.hants.gov.uk/transport/transportschemes/20mph-speed- limits-consultation and it should take around 15 minutes to complete.

It is open until midnight on Monday, September 12.

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