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Village speed trap nets a big surprise

Posted on January 21 2008 at 3:33:20

Police who set up a speed trap to crack down on motorists using our villages as a rat-run issued five tickets in 90 minutes – all to Alvechurch residents.

This was a surpise because speeding has usually been blamed on motorists from elsewhere taking a short cut into south Birmingham rather than using the Alvechurch bypass.

Police have now given notice to villagers that more speed traps by the West Mercia Road Policing Team are planned for future months.

Speeding through Alvechurch is invariably near the top of the list of concerns raised by residents at PACT (Partners and Communities Together) meetings.

So the police monitored traffic on the Redditch Road at the southern side of the village on January 4.

Local Policing Officer PC Lucy Thornton said: “This demonstrates we are listening to the community’s concerns and that PACT achieves results.

“Interestingly, all the offending drivers were local, and Alvechurch residents should note further sessions are planned.”

* Traffic calming plans for the Redditch Road have been agreed by Worcestershire County Council. Council leader George Lord said the £25,000 scheme would involve narrowing of the road and the installation of the 30mph flashing sign which is to be moved from the other side of the village when the new schools open.

* PC Thornton said that a PACT walkabout in Alvechurch involving panel members and residents looking at issues affecting the village had been very successful.

She added: “Representatives from the police and partner organisations, including county and parish councils, were joined by residents, who raised concerns about a diverse range of issues, including anti social behaviour, overhanging trees, and parking on double yellow lines.”

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