New mobile speed sign for Woodbury

Cllr Bernard Hughes, Cllr Tom Wright and Cllr Tim Pattison

Posted on: 21 April 2016

Woodbury, Clyst St George and Lympstone are the beneficiaries of a new mobile speed sign.

The sign will remind motorists of the speed limits through their villages and will record people’s speeds.

It will also give the parishes access to valuable statistics when dealing with concerns from residents and talking to the police.

The speed sign is a joint project initiated by Woodbury, Lympstone and Clyst St George Parish Councils, funded by Devon County Council and East Devon District Council, and spearheaded by Woodbury Parish Councillor Tim Pattison.

Speeding vehicles have been a concern for the communities, so the new sign, which will be moved around between the communities, hopes to address the matter by making drivers more aware of the speed limit and record their speed.

Funding comes from the County Council and East Devon District Council’s Parishes Together Fund and Devon County Council’s Locality budget.

Councillor Bernard Hughes Devon County Council’s local Member for Exmouth, Halsdon and Woodbury, Cllr Bernard Hughes OBE said:

“Speed is one of the underlying factors in road traffic accidents that cause severe injury, and we welcome any initiative that aims to reduce vehicle speeds in our communities.

“I’m delighted that we are able to support this scheme, which will benefit a number of communities.

“My thanks go to Councillor Tim Pattison of Woodbury Parish Council for his personal interest in working through this scheme and I hope that it will be successful in saving life and injury.”

The Parishes Together Fund provides money to help kick start projects that meet local communities’ needs.  Devon County Council provides £1 per every elector and District Councils 10p per elector.   Parish and Town Councils can apply for the funding towards community projects.  Applications come from town and parish councils but voluntary and community groups, schools and other organisations can put their ideas forward to their town or parish council.

Councillor John HartDevon County Council Leader, Cllr John Hart, said:

“Devon County Council is continuing to make funds available to communities to use how they see best.

“The money is available to Parish and Town Councils to spend in ways that will benefit their communities.

“It’s helping decisions to be made as locally as possible about things that really matter to local people. If we believe in the ‘resilience’ of our smaller communities, then this is one way of pump-priming activity.”

Read what Tim Pattison at Woodbury Parish Council, and Councillor Tom Wright from East Devon District Council say about the new mobile sign.

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