Hopes to curb speeding in Haverhill

Cllr Tony Brown hopes to introduce new measures to curb speeding in Haverhill
Cllr Tony Brown hopes to introduce new measures to curb speeding in Haverhill

There are hopes to introduce new measures to curb speeding in Haverhill.

Haverhill councillors, John Burns and Tony Brown met with Tim Passmore, the Police and Crime Commissioner for Suffolk Constabulary, at an event in Haverhill’s Market Square.

They praised the police’s work and discussed the need for further measures to curb speeding in parts of the town.

Cllr Brown is now hoping to spend some of his locality budget from Suffolk County Council on vehicle activated systems (VAS) like signs that indicate drivers’ speed that can be deployed at problematic areas in town.

“We have concerns about people speeding around Haverhill,” said Cllr Brown. “We’re interested in looking at what can be done to tackle that.

“I have been working with Peter Ferrie [the local policing commander for Haverhill] to see if we can deploy VASs round town.

“If people are speeding, it reminds them of the limit and encourages them to slow down.”

The VAS will cost between £2,000 and £3,000. Cllr Brown has said he is hoping to gain the support of his colleagues at Suffolk County Council but is prepared to take on the cost alone if needs be.

Amongst the sites identified for the possible situation of the signs are Withersfield Road, Bumpstead Road and Bergamont Road, as well as at points along the by-pass.

Haverhill’s mayor, Cllr Betty McLatchy, praised the idea, saying she would support the project.

“I think it’s great,” she said. “I would support him with it. Of course, there are areas where this could save lives, near schools for example. There are often problems in School Lane and also near Hanchett Hall, where there have been several really bad accidents. People complain about the issues there. I think it would be a good idea.”