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Town council’s war on speeding moving out of neutral?

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AFTER a number of false starts to their plan to install speed indicator devices across the town, the town council has agreed to spend up to £15,000 to purchase seven new devices. 

This will be the second time the council has purchased the electronic signs – which encourage drivers to slow down when driving over the speed limit – to be installed in speeding ‘hot spots’ across the town. 

The first batch of speed indicator devices, purchased and first installed in 2020, were found to have faulty batteries – the town council is currently involved in legal proceedings with the manufacturers regarding this matter. 

At a town council meeting last month, councillors unanimously agreed to purchase seven replacement speed indicator devices at a cost of no more than £15,000.  

However, mayor cllr Jon Hubbard – who originally proposed the installation of the devices in late 2019 – expressed his disappointment that weight restrictions for anything mounted on a lamppost, imposed by Wiltshire Council, meant that the town council could not purchase solar-powered devices. 

“I’m particularly disappointed that we’re potentially going to be putting up units that are not solar-powered,” said cllr Hubbard, “but I am told that it’s almost impossible to do it with them.” 

The devices’ batteries will instead be charged via a main electricity supply. “There are no others that Wiltshire [Council] will accept,” added cllr Hubbard. 

The speeding ‘hot spots’ earmarked to be covered by the speed indicator devices include Spa Road, King Street, Semington Road, Snowberry Lane, Sandridge Road, Lowbourne, Church Lane, the Kenilworth Gardens estate, Coronation Road and Ruskin Avenue. 

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