Hunt for volunteers in speed crackdown

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The local SpeedWatch scheme is running short of helpers

VOLUNTEERS are needed to boost New Milton’s returning community speed crackdown amid further reports of drivers flouting limits on local roads.

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A recent virtual meeting of the town council’s amenities committee heard local county councillor Fran Carpenter had highlighted problems in Fernhill Lane.

Her concerns added to previously raised issues at locations including Stem Lane and the B3058 Bashley Road through Bashley.

Town clerk Graham Flexman said he had taken up the Fernhill Lane matter with local police, while also emphasising speeding issues in Becton Lane, Barton.

Cllr Steve Clarke announced the local SpeedWatch scheme was still running short of helpers for its return, following a hiatus enforced by insurance concerns about 18 months ago.

As reported in the A&T, Hampshire police had advised that volunteers were not allowed to position themselves by certain roads for safety reasons.

Despite a previous appeal for help, the group comprises about half a dozen people, of which about half are councillors. A coordinator is also being sought after the last one stepped down three months ago.

“We’ve still got the issue of getting enough volunteers – we need a core of 10,” Cllr Clarke said.

“Fernhill Lane and Becton Lane are both sites we know about.”

The meeting also heard council estates and facilities manager Mark Jeffries had drawn up a fresh deployment strategy for the town’s electronic speed limit reminder (SLR) signs from June.

Fernhill Lane was already on the list, Mr Jeffries said, and amenities chairman Cllr Geoffrey Blunden asked he bring forward plans to add Becton Lane.

To volunteer for SpeedWatch contact New Milton Residents’ Association chairman Alan Watson on 07771 754025.

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