61 Speeding traffic is the number one community safety issue in the villages around South West Suffolk. I have been helping suffolk-roadsafeparish councils tackle the problem by getting them together to share Vehicle Activated Signs.

Today I passed on to Ousden the fourth sign I have fully funded for local communities – and this week a grant from my locality budget is being processed to enable the Withersfield community speedwatch team to  buy and operate their own sign

The VAS act as a deterrent to drivers – the flashing sign makes them take the foot off the accelerator. We have had news this week that the police are going to be even more of a deterrent.  Funding to support more targeted speeding enforcement right across the county was agreed at last week’s Roadsafe meeting, chaired by my colleague Suffolk County Council’s cabinet member for Highways and Transport, Cllr James Finch.

We will be using the proceeds from the county’s speed awareness courses to fund an additional community speed enforcement officer and van to  be deployed in the county’s villages. The new officer will have a smaller van which means he/she can reach the more rural locations which the bigger van cannot.