Plea for New Forest councillors to join blackspot camera campaign
NEW Forest District Council’s deputy leader has urged members to join the lobbying effort for speed cameras to be installed at a notorious animal accident blackspot.
At the last full council meeting, Cllr Edward Heron highlighted the online petition that is circulating, signed by more than 1,000 people, to install average speed cameras at the B3078 Roger Penny Way in Bramshaw, as reported in the A&T.
Cllr Heron said he understood other agencies had backed the idea but Hampshire police had not yet expressed its support – despite the good work of a beat officer there.
He said the results of a speed survey showed half the vehicles captured on the route were driving at excessive speeds and speculated that might be the cause of accidents there.
“When we get the opportunity to consider the motion we can voice support, if we agree on the proposal, and make representations to the chief constable of Hampshire and also to the police and crime commissioner to see if they are in support of such an initiative,” said Cllr Heron.
Cllr Anne Sevier, a practicing New Forest commoner, said she had lost some of her own animals on the stretch of road.
Roger Penny Way came into sharp focus after 10 animals – five ponies, four sheep and a cow – were killed between Christmas Day 2020 and the opening weeks of 2021.
The verderers’ head agister, Jonathan Gerrelli, described the surge in fatalities as a “particularly harrowing” period for the Forest.
They came just weeks after three donkeys were also killed in one incident on Roger Penny Way. The collisions so badly damaged the vehicle it had to be recovered from the scene.
As well as being deputy leader of NFDC, Cllr Heron is also a verderer, national park authority member, and a member of the ruling cabinet at Hampshire County Council which is up for election on 6th May.