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
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