Stedham villagers tackle speeding motorists

Eddie Lintott putting up the new speeding sign with the artist, Tabitha Hay-Parker, 11, outside Stedham Primary School
Eddie Lintott putting up the new speeding sign with the artist, Tabitha Hay-Parker, 11, outside Stedham Primary School

STEDHAM parish councillors have taken matters into their own hands in a bid to slow down traffic.

They have been battling with West Sussex County Council for several years, for a traffic regulation order to limit speed to 20mph, and Stedham Primary School has also been pressing for a safety zone.

But with no signs of action, parish councillors came up with an innovative scheme of their own.

They enlisted the talents of village schoolchildren to come up with posters warning drivers to curb their speeds.

The overall winner of the competition before Christmas was Tabitha Hall-Parker, 11, and now she is helping 
put up her speed warning poster throughout the village, together with winners in other age groups.

The competition was the brainchild of the chairman of Stedham Parish Council, Eddie Lintott.

“I thought it was a way of encouraging children to think about the speed and bring home the message to their parents,” said Mr Lintott.

He said villagers had initially been concerned about School Lane, but now wanted a blanket 20mph throughout the village. “Cars come down from the main road and shoot through the village at quite a rate.”

“There are quite a lot of youngsters of school age and younger ones and it can be quite hazardous in the village centre.”

The campaign has the backing of Stedham vicar, the Rev Roger Williamson, who told parishioners in their parish magazine: “Our 20mph is plenty campaign has been submitted several times by our parish council, but receives obtuse ignorance on the part of the higher authority.”

He said he had himself experienced the need to leap out of the way of a speeding car near the Rectory before Christmas.

“I fell badly and have been suffering the consequences ever since.”

Parish council clerk Jane Crawford said speed loops had shown three of four locations tested came inside the criteria for a 20mph limit. A scheme was agreed by the county local committee last January and was put in the programme.

“To date there is no timetable for consultation or implementation.”