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Residents get speed guns to tackle Solihull law breakers

RESIDENTS fighting a long-running battle to slow down drivers in Ashleigh Road are to be given speed-guns to help tackle the problem.

RESIDENTS fighting a long-running battle to slow down drivers in Ashleigh Road are to be given speed-guns to help tackle the problem.

There have been several collisions on the road, which is used as a cut-through between Streetsbrook Road and Warwick Road.

Since the 1990s residents have been calling for action and now Solihull Council has agreed to fund a Community Speedwatch scheme.

The scheme - which will see locals clock the speed of passing cars - has already been trialled in areas like Hampton-in-Arden and Cheswick Green.

Councillor Leela Widger (Lib Dem, Silhill) has campaigned about the issue and welcomed the scheme.

“I am delighted that our efforts have resulted in the council agreeing to action which is needed to reduce speed.

“SpeedWatch is a first step to discourage speeding vehicle and I continue to work with residents to address speeding the road.”

Last Thursday a meeting was organised to get residents on-board and the initiative is set to begin in the autumn.

Ashleigh Road resident Michael Gates was also pleased by the decision.

“This issue has remained unresolved for too long,” he said.

Drivers caught by Speedwatch will be handed a police warning and repeat offenders could end up in court.

 

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