Community Speed watch

Fawley Parish Council recently received a complaint from a resident relating to the speed of traffic along Hampton Lane, Blackfield.

He considered that vehicles were travelling in excess of the 30mph limit for Hampton Lane and asked why there is no signage displaying the speed limit until cars are approaching Lepe Road.

The Parish Council investigated and found the following from the House of Commons Library website:

This note explains the law regarding the use of 30 mph repeater signs in urban areas.

30 mph repeater signs are not permitted on restricted roads; these are roads where there are street lights not more than 200 yards apart. The rules as to the use of repeater signs on roads with other speed limits were relaxed in 2012.

Local authorities may not use 30 mph signs in built-up areas.

The general rule is that motorists are supposed to be aware that they are in a 30 mph area because the street lamps are 200 yards apart and the area is built-up.

The general prohibition was “the result of case law which makes it difficult to gain convictions for speeding if some restricted roads and not others have repeater signs”.

The Labour Government did briefly consider allowing the use of 30 mph repeater signs but subsequently decided against it.

In October Speed Indicator Devices were installed along Hampton Lane by New Forest District Council (NFDC) and the data captured by these has just become available – this can be found on both the Fawley Parish Council website (3 Oct 1 & 2 – 10 Oct 1 & 2) and on the NFDC website.

Unfortunately, on this occasion, the figures do not provide enough evidence of speeding for any enforcement action to be taken.

In the Parish of Fawley, we are supporting the local Police with the setting up of “Community Speedwatch” which is a national initiative where members of the community join up with the Police to monitor speeds of vehicles using speed detection devices.

Vehicles exceeding the speed limit are referred to the Police with the aim of educating drivers to reduce their speeds. In cases where the education is ignored and evidence of repeat or excessive offences are collated enforcement and prosecution may follow.

Fawley Parish Council has received sponsorship from ExxonMobil which has allowed the necessary equipment to be purchased and all we need now are more volunteers!

If you would like to be involved please contact PCSO Laura Willshire (12169) of the Neighbourhood Policing Team, email or Steve Postlethwaite, Clerk to Fawley Parish Council email