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18th February 2020

Decisive action on speeding in Seamer & Crossgates

Seamer Parish Council is taking decisive action on speeding, in partnership with North Yorkshire County Council and North Yorkshire Police.

The Parish Council has invested over £6000 to purchase and deploy two “30 / 40mph Slow Down” vehicle activated signs and fixings for their deployment between 4 sites on Main Street and Stoney Haggs Road, Seamer, and the B1261 at Crossgates between the junctions with Crab Lane and Rowan Fields, and on Cayton Low Road. County Councillor David Jeffels has committed to contribute £750 of this from his Locality Budget, in addition to more that £1,000 to finalise other traffic calming solutions on the B1261 at Crossgates. The signs are being installed today and tomorrow.

North Yorkshire Police has confirmed Main Street, Seamer as a suitable site for its safety camera vehicle enforcement.

Seamer Parish Council has also registered a team of volunteers with North Yorkshire Police to be trained and provided with equipment to monitor vehicles’ speed, and report this information back to North Yorkshire Police through a Community Speed Watch scheme.

Councillor Lynda Wallis, Chairman of Seamer Parish Council said, “As a Council we wanted to take action before a child was killed or injured by speeding drivers and we believe that these are the best combination of methods available to us”.

County Councillor David Jeffels, Seamer and Crossgates member at County Hall said, "These signs will play a significant part in helping to reduce a serious problem of speeding traffic in the Seamer and Crossgates parish. Such signs have had a considerable beneficial effect in many parishes throughout North Yorkshire where the speed of traffic is a worry to many parish councils and residents".

Note to Editors

Vehicle activated signs (VAS) light up to alert approaching drivers that they are exceeding the speed limit. For the greatest, lasting effect, signs displaying the speed limit combined with “SLOW DOWN” should be in place only for a limited period in any one location. During 2019 North Yorkshire County Council changed its protocol to allow town and parish councils to buy, install and maintain their own VAS, subject to conditions set by the County Council’s highways engineers, who advise on the right locations for signs from a safety and operational point of view.

Under Community Speed Watch (CSW), fully trained community residents visit pre-approved sites with a radar to record the speed and registration number of offending vehicles. They use approved equipment to capture speed, registration number and colour and make of vehicle. The presence of the team and the equipment acts as a deterrent and encourages road users to take more care in this area.

CSW can operate where lower numbers or infrequent times of speeding, or the layout of the road or other technical constraints make enforcement or engineering less effective. Anyone recorded to be speeding will receive a letter from North Yorkshire Police to inform them of their offence and the need to address their driving behaviour. North Yorkshire Police will also be keeping a close watch on the recorded data and may take enforcement measures if a persistent or extreme offender is identified.

Contact: Councillor Lynda Wallis, Chairman, Seamer Parish Council, 01723 863723 / 07718 318534