A SHOCKING 130 drivers were clocked speeding through Easebourne in the first three hours after villagers launched their community speedwatch project to tackle the growing problem.
And yesterday (October 27) volunteers manning the speed guns recorded a further 22 drivers breaking the 30mph speed limit in 45 minutes on the A286 including a learner driver who was clocked at 47 mph.
Parish council chairman Judith Macdonald-Lawson said: “Our main problem is we have the busy A272 and A286 which section off the village into three parts. Wheelbarrow Castle which runs between them is used as a short cut and that is a particular worry because it has the school.”
She said parish councillors were aware the days of help from higher authorities were over as there was no money to assist: “We are not going to get any more help from West Sussex County Council - their attitude is ‘Easebourne will have had plenty of money spent on it’. Anything we want to do has to come from a community initiative.”
So parish councillors are attacking the speeding problem on several fronts through their new highways panel.
Leading it is parish councillor Mike Noble who is coordinating speedwatch: “We are not trying to catch people out, we are trying to raise awareness of speed,” he said.
They are now monitoring four sites on the A272, A286 and Wheelbarrow Castle.
There is to be a signalised crossing on the A286, and school safety zone measures already agreed in the county council’s 2016 budget.
The parish council is in negotiation with the county council and the Cowdray Estate to make village ‘gateways’ in another bid to slow traffic. It is also working closely with the school.
Mike is appealing for more volunteers to help with speedwatch. Anyone interested should contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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