Council buys police speed camera

PC Iain Wilson from Eastleigh Police Safer Neighbourhoods team demonstrates the laser equipment in use to Cllr Chris Thomas

Eastleigh Borough Council in partnership with Eastleigh Police has again responded to the wishes of local residents and acted to help tackle the issue of vehicles speeding in residential roads in Eastleigh town centre.

A recent residents’ survey that took place in 2011 showed that speeding through the estates and main roads of Eastleigh is the top priority for local residents.  In addition to a community led approach to controlling this issue, the police have also been training more of their local Safer Neighbourhood’s Team on speeding enforcement.

Following a request from Neighbourhood Officers, Eastleigh Local Area Committee (ELAC) allocated £2600 of developers contributions (from the  Pirelli/ Barratts development) to fund the purchase of a new speed camera to help with speeding enforcement.

The police have agreed that the use of this camera will be restricted to the Eastleigh town area. The Council will also fund the ongoing maintenance costs.

Chair of ELAC Councillor Chris Thomas said:

“Vehicles speeding in residential roads is clearly a very important issue for our residents. We are pleased to be working in partnership with the Police by funding this speed camera to use in and around our town centre helping to deter and reduce the number of speeding motorists in our residential areas”

Sgt Chris Spellerberg from Eastleigh Police Safer Neighbourhoods team said;

“I acknowledge that speeding is a concern for many residents. This new laser speed measuring equipment funded by Eastleigh Local Area Committee is a real benefit to my team. It will directly mean we will be able to conduct more enforcement operations on roads where we have received complaints about speeding vehicles. My officers will continue to work hard taking illegally used vehicles off the road and dealing positively with drivers who speed. I am grateful to ELAC for showing their commitment to safer road use through the purchase of this equipment.”

Source: Eastleigh Borough Council
Follow: @eastleighpolice

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  5 comments for “Council buys police speed camera

  1. Stephen Slominski
    March 22, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    I contacted Sgt Spellerberg and he confirmed that the speed gun would only be used by members of the Safer Neighbourhoods Team, i.e police officers, and not by civilian volunteers in the community speedwatch programme – some of whom are councillors.
    I mention this in case any one might jump to the conclusion from the photo that PC Wilson is giving Cllr Thomas instruction in its use!

  2. IWILLNEVERVOTELIBDEMAGAIN
    March 22, 2012 at 7:42 pm

    Actually, you read my mind Mr Slominski. I thought Cllr Thomas was having training for catching errant motorists – those speeding and those without car tax in one easy operation. He looks so disappointed that he’s not allowed a go because he would have so loved to. Shame…

    Here’s a little laugh though – the Daily Echo put an article about the Lib Dems written by Martin Kryle in the Obituraries column. I’m starting to like the Echo…

  3. March 22, 2012 at 8:21 pm

    This is a worrying trend you know.

    We’re told that EBC have bought a speed camera for the Police to use in Eastleigh.

    But EBC have also tried to shuffle the 2011 Borough election costs onto the Parish Councils, creating extra pressure on the Parish precept.

    Instead of finding a roundabout way of screwing the Parishes for more money, shouldn’t the Police be buying speed cameras out of their own budget and EBC spending thier money on the things (like elections) that is its core business..?

    • mm
      Stephen Slominski
      March 22, 2012 at 9:08 pm

      I thought someone might say that!
      The money has come out of developer contributions (in this case the Pirelli Estate developer contributions)held by ELAC – the idea is that this fund is to be spent on generally improving the lot of residents affected by the development and not on core council business.
      We hear lots of residents are upset by speeding so there is a case to say this an appropriate use of those funds – in fact I support that cos I’m one of them – but we don’t know if the Pirelli estate residents themselves might have preferred it spent on something else.
      Is it appropriate? I think so. Is it right that we should have to buy equipment for the police is probably another matter.
      I understand the government provide around £120 million a year for local authorities to spend on road safety so I really do wonder if that money is getting to where it needs to be.
      The only other thing is that there are at least two members of ELAC who have volunteered to join community speedwatch as police support volunteers ( Cllrs Trenchard and Thomas.)
      Police support volunteers were described to me as ‘part of the police family’ (by a policeman) so I wonder if they should have declared an interest – would councilors who are not a part of the Constabulary (or are seeking to join) have come to the same decision?

      • March 22, 2012 at 9:42 pm

        Hmmm. I take the point, but I wouldn’t have thought that a speed gun was the best way of spending developer contributions…

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