New Woodbury speed limit sign to benefit multiple communities

PUBLISHED: 12:17 14 April 2016 | UPDATED: 12:17 14 April 2016

Woodbury speed sign left to right - Cllr Bernard Hughes (DCC), Cllr Tom Wright (EDDC), Cllr Tim Pattison (Woodbury PC)

Woodbury speed sign left to right - Cllr Bernard Hughes (DCC), Cllr Tom Wright (EDDC), Cllr Tim Pattison (Woodbury PC)

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It is hoped a new £3,000 mobile speed sign in Woodbury will benefit a number of communities.

The sign will remind motorists of the speed limits through Woodbury and will record people’s speeds, which will give the parishes access to statistics when dealing with concerns from residents and talking to the police.

The speed sign is a joint project initiated by Woodbury, Lympstone and Clyst St George parish councils, funded by East Devon District Council (EDDC) and Devon County Council (DCC).

The scheme was spearheaded by Woodbury parish councillor Tim Pattison.

He said: “It has been a lengthy and time consuming process to bring this project to fruition because of the safety and legal requirements involved.

“However, seeing vehicles slow down where accidents have occurred, in tandem with providing a road safety related project high on the agenda of so many of our parishioners, makes all the effort made by everyone worthwhile.

“I hope other town and parish councils may feel encouraged to undertake similar worthwhile projects via the Parishes Together Fund scheme.”

The Parishes Together Fund is an initiative in which the sum of £1.10 per elector in each parish is put into a central pot, which parish and town councils can then apply to for funding towards community projects.

It has provided £1,950 of the funding needed for the project.

The remaining £1,500 of the funding came from DCC’s locality fund via councillor Bernard Hughes, local member for Exmouth, Halsdon and Woodbury.

County Councillors have £10,000 available to them to support community groups and local initiatives that are important to communities, through the Council’s Locality Fund.

He said: “Speed is one of the underlying factors in road traffic accidents that cause severe injury, and Devon County Council welcomes any initiative that aims to reduce vehicle speeds in our communities.

“I’m delighted that we are able to support this scheme, which will benefit a number of communities.”

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