Enforcing speed limits “a complex issue”, say police

PUBLISHED: 17:41 19 November 2018

A county council spokesman said there had not been anything stopping the police from taking action. Picture by Callum Lawton.

A county council spokesman said there had not been anything stopping the police from taking action. Picture by Callum Lawton.

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Officers to visit Cranbrook and work with county council representatives “to find a workable solution”

The “complex” issue of speed limit enforcement in Cranbrook is to be the subject of a visit by police and Devon County Council.

The matter has been highlighted again after the county council ‘adopted’ three main roads in the town; Younghayes Road, Burrough Fields and St Michael’s Way.

Local residents hoped that this would lead to a 30mph limit being enforced on those roads by the police. There had been reports that this was not possible until the county council had introduced Traffic Regulation Orders for the three roads, and this in turn could not happen until the roads were ‘adopted’.

But this week a county council spokesman said there had not been anything stopping the police from taking action.

“The roads which have been adopted have a 30mph limit, as they have a continuous system of street lighting, which makes them ‘restricted roads’ where the police can enforce speed restrictions without the need for a Traffic Regulation Order,” he said.

Asked by the Midweek Herald whether the police had any plans to tackle speeding in Cranbrook, a spokesperson for the Alliance Roads Policing Team said:

“The Cranbrook issue is complex and we remain committed to working with Devon County Council on the issue of speed enforcement. We plan to visit Cranbrook in company with Devon County Council representatives to find a workable solution which provides clarity on speed limits and speed enforcement”.

The team has also asked for some speed data recorders, which is standard when it comes to responding to speeding complaints. The recorders allow the police to verify what they are being told.

No date has been set yet for the meeting, but it is expected to take place in mid-December or early next year.

Cranbrook Town Councillor Ray Bloxham said: “We’ve been arguing with the police that they could enforce speed limits from day one. We do get complaints about it and I do see people speeding.”

He said the issue is “not complex at all” and the police should simply “apply the law that is in place.”

“I do not expect daily speed patrols but equally I do not expect the police to indicate, as they have done, that there is no enforcement,” he said. “It sends out a very poor message to the community and especially to the small number who drive inappropriately on Cranbrook’s roads.”

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