Making a safer place for our community

12 Mar 2018

Cllr Beccy Hopfensperger with residents and members of Ingham Parish Council

Community volunteers in a village just outside of Bury St Edmunds are to take on speeding traffic, with the support of their local councillors.

Ingham Parish Council has bought a vehicle activation sign which flashes at drivers telling them how fast they are going.

The sign will be positioned at different points in the village by local volunteers while the purchase has been backed with locality grant funding from St Edmundsbury Borough Cllr Susan Glossop and Suffolk County Cllr Beccy Hopfensperger.

Chairman of Ingham Parish Council Adrian Dawson said: “We hear from residents that they are concerned with the issue of lorries and cars speeding along the A134 and Culford Road in Ingham. As a retired police officer, I know first hand just how dangerous the issue of speeding can be. Equally we recognise that my former colleagues can’t be at all places at all times which is why we, as a community, are taking action.

“There is evidence elsewhere that the use of these signs does slow the majority of speeding vehicles. By doing so we can make the village a safer place not only for our community, but also for those travelling along our stretch of road, and we are delighted to have the support of our local Borough and County Councillors in this.”

Cllr Glossop said: “Ingham has a strong sense of community. Residents love where they live but there is no doubt that speeding traffic on the main road through the village, is a problem.

“Beccy and myself backed a similar community led scheme in Flempton and Hengrave late last year. I am sure that this sign will be reduce speeding in Ingham, making it a safer place to live and work in, as well as for all those simply travelling through.”

Cllr Beccy Hopfensperger said: “I am delighted to support villagers and the parish council in getting this sign in place. They make drivers more aware of their speed, so whether they have accidentally crept over the limit or are in a hurry, the effect they have on most drivers is to make them slow down which can only be a good thing. The added bonus of this scheme is that it puts the power in the hands of the community who can play an active role in managing the placement of this sign and monitoring to ensure it is effective.”

The Vehicle Activation Sign was paid for with £600 from Ingham Parish Council, £500 from Borough Councillor Susan Glossop and £2000 from County Councillor Beccy Hopfensperger.

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