Many of us who live along Woodlands Road are very concerned about the speed of vehicles along this section of road.

Restrictions vary between 30 mph and 40 mph –  the reason why so many signed our petition and road demonstration held earlier this year. There is also concern about motorists who abuse the 30 mph speed limit on the A35 through Ashurst.

Hampshire Road Authorities rejected our appeal, through lack of precise evidence. Now this is our chance.

Contact has been made with the Police at Lyndhurst who not only share our concerns but are willing to support us in setting up a speed watch  scheme.

This is the report the Police have kindly passed to us for consideration.

Thank you

David White, Resident.

As you know, speeding is one of the factors that most affects the quality of life in the communities of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, which in turn makes it one of the biggest community priorities.

Until now the community and local Neighbourhood Policing Teams have been able to do little to tackle this problem.

But because we are being told speeding is a big concern we want to work with you to set up a Community Speed Watch programme in Ashurst and Colbury.

Speed Watch allows members of the community to become police support volunteers and take action on roads of concern in their area.

Volunteers will use equipment that monitors the speed of passing traffic and record the details, later adding them to a database.

Vehicle checks will be done overnight by the PNC Bureau and letters can be sent out the next day to the registered keepers of those vehicles caught speeding.

The letters will detail the community concern and importance of Speed Watch.

Speed Watch is not enforcement, it is education.

It is important to know though that Speed Watch now forms part of our response to speeding issues and forms the first tier in our response to dealing with this problem.

There are currently very successful Community Speed Watch Schemes operating in Lyndhurst and Minstead. Each of the volunteers with both of those schemes give up an hour to an hour and a half every week or fortnight.

If you would like to help slow the traffic in and around where you live please contact PCSO 14495 Richard Williams on richard.williams@hampshire.pnn.police.uk or on 07554 775469.

He will be able to explain the scheme in more detail to you and send you an application form.

Please volunteer for this very worthwhile scheme if you can.