STEDHAM villagers have come up with an innovative scheme to slow down traffic as part of their battle for a lower speed limit.
Long-standing parish councillor Eddie Lintott said he and other members had been pushing for a 20mph speed limit for several years.
While they wait for highways measures to be processed, they have enlisted the talents of village schoolchildren to come up with posters warning drivers to curb their speeds.
“It has long been on our agenda to try to get the highways authority to reduce the speed limit,” said Mr Lintott.
“We were initially concerned about School Lane which is quite narrow. It has cars parked on it and buses going through pretty regularly in both directions which add to the problems.
“There was a ray of hope some years back as it seemed roads near schools were being given priority, but there is a long list of villages who are trying to reduce speeding traffic.”
And now with even more cars speeding through the village in recent years, parish councillors want a blanket 20mph throughout the village.
“Cars come down from the main road and shoot through the village at quite a rate,” said Mr Lintott.
“There are quite a lot of youngsters around of school age and younger ones being pushed in prams and especially at the moment with building works going on at the club, it can be quite hazardous in the village centre.”
Parish councillors have asked West Sussex County Highways officers to help them implement the reduced speed limit.
“But there is a queue and a cost for signs and it isn’t going to happen any time soon,” said Mr Linott.
So he came up with the idea of a competition asking Stedham Primary School children to design posters to be displayed in the village.
“I thought it was a way of encouraging children to think about it and bring home the message to their parents that travelling at 20mph is a safer speed.”
The overall winner was ten-year-old Tabitha Hall-Parker in Year 5 to 6 age group.
Winner of the Year 3-4 age group was Tilly Raisbrook and in the reception-Year 2, winners were Emily Hyde and Ella Waterhouse.