New signs and speed watch group set up to stop speeding in Seamer and Crossgates

Motorists driving through Seamer and Crossgates might want to think twice before putting their foot down as new measures to tackle speeding in the area have come into force.

Friday, 21st February 2020, 11:44 am
Updated Friday, 21st February 2020, 11:46 am

Seamer Parish Council has invested £6,000 to purchase and deploy two ‘30 / 40mph Slow Down’ vehicle activated signs which have been installed on Main Street, Stoney Haggs Road, on the B1261 between the junctions with Crab Lane and Rowan Fields and on Cayton Low Road.

The authority has also registered a group of volunteers to be trained with North Yorkshire Police and provided with equipment to monitor vehicles’ speed and report the information back to officers 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.”

Cllr David Raine, Cllr WH Smith, Vanessa Milner and Cllr Lynda Wallis by the sign on the B1261 near Crossgates.

County Councillor David Jeffels has committed to contribute £750 from his Locality Budget, in addition to more that £1,000 to finalise other traffic calming solutions on the B1261 at Crossgates.

He 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.”

North Yorkshire Police, which has been working in partnership with the parish and county councils, has confirmed Main Street in Seamer as a suitable site for its safety camera vehicle enforcement.

The Community Speed Watch scheme 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 the 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.