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Speeding initiative in Old Ratton funded by councillors

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Councillors Colin Murdoch, Colin Belsey and Tony Freebody with Mark Thornton from the Old Ratton Residents’ Association and local residents at the speed sign
Pictured: Councillors Colin Murdoch, Colin Belsey and Tony Freebody with Mark Thornton from the Old Ratton Residents' Association and local residents at the speed sign

An initiative to protect pedestrians from speeding vehicles in Old Ratton has been made possible thanks to local ward councillors.

Old Ratton Residents’ Association (ORRA) requested £4,750 to help buy a speed recognition sign and other associated items to improve road safety.

Councillors Colin Belsey, Colin Murdoch and Tony Freebody agreed to fund the improvements through the devolved budget, money which is ring-fenced for community causes.

There have been complaints about some drivers speeding in the estate and it is hoped that the measures will help people to be safer on the roads and deter others from speeding.

Councillor Belsey said: “There have been problems with speeding on the estate and with no pavements it can be very dangerous on the roads. We hope that this equipment will make the estate safer.”

Mark Thornton, chairman of ORRA, added: “We were delighted to hear that our local councillors were willing to help us with trying to abate the speeding problems we face in the Old Ratton estate and are encouraged that the new speed detector sign will do the job.”

Other community causes the councillors have helped this year include Ratton School, who requested £1,500 for new musical instruments and science equipment to help pupils’ learning.

Published on 16 August, 2018