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Speed camera is back


Consistent local concern brings action

Pant has been selected as the first Shropshire siting for a ‘community concern’ speed camera. In addition to the use of accident statistics, the safer road partnership are now considering community concern. Because concern about the speed and volume of traffic has been made clear by village residents for many years,  Pant has been selected as the first place in Shropshire to be brought under the scrutiny of the safer roads partnership.

The project was launched on 23rd November 2009 by Cllr Dilys Gaskill [chair of Pant and Llanymynech Parish Council], Cllr Arthur Walpole [Shropshire Councillor] and Katy Watkins [Safer Roads Partnership.]

Cllr Dilys Gaskill, Cllr Arthur Walpole, Katy Kenkins

PRESS RELEASE from West Mercia Safer Roads Partnership

New speed enforcement site at Pant in Shropshire

A new mobile speed enforcement site is being launched this week on the A483 at Pant in Shropshire following concerns raised by the local residents about the speeds of vehicles travelling through their village.

The new speed enforcement site forms part of a new initiative being rolled out by the Safer Roads Partnership in West Mercia which aims to address concerns about the dangers of speeding vehicles and significantly reduce the speed of vehicles in those communities which are affected by the problem.

Similar sites have been launched in Worcestershire and Herefordshire and the site at Pant is the first of its kind to be launched by the Safer Roads Partnership in Shropshire. The new initiative allows the Safer Roads Partnership to relax its current protocols for certain sites and commence enforcement provided the speed data that is collected by the Partnership supports the need for enforcement.

Katy Jenkins, Communications Manager at the Safer Roads Partnership in West Mercia, says: "This new scheme enables us to be more responsive to the needs of local communities in the county. We have collected speed data at Pant and it supports the need for enforcement at this particular site. It is our intention to carry out speed enforcement for an initial period of six months and then assess the need for further enforcement while we continue to monitor speeds.”

Cllr Mrs Dilys Gaskill, Chair of Llanymynech and Pant Parish Council, supports the initiative: “The community has been campaigning for ten years for action to be taken and I am delighted that our concerns are now being addressed. It is important that the problem is tackled to prevent a serious collision happening in our village. The introduction of the site is great news, especially as it’s the first one in Shropshire, and shows good partnership working across the county.”

Cllr Arthur Walpole is also supportive: “I am delighted that mobile speed enforcement is starting in the village. Local concern has been raised through the Local Joint Committee and road safety has been top of the agenda for a long time, especially the speed of vehicles using the A483. We hope that speed enforcement will make the road much safer for local people.”

The new enforcement site (30mph) is located on the A483 at Pant. Speed enforcement will commence the week beginning Monday 23 November 2009 for an initial period of six months.

The Safer Roads Partnership in West Mercia is made up of 13 partner agencies including Shropshire Council and West Mercia Police. The aim of the Partnership is to reduce the number of casualties and make the roads safer for all users in West Mercia through speed enforcement and by seeking to change attitudes and behaviour.

For more information visit: www.srpwestmercia.org.uk