New speed monitor to go up in Sutton St James
Drivers will be watching their speeds through Sutton St James when a new device goes up in the village soon.
Sutton St James Parish Council has secured nearly £2,500 worth for lottery cash for a portable speed monitor which can be moved around the village to check traffic speed.
The cash, from the Big Lottery Fund, comes nearly two years after South Holland and the Deepings MP John Hayes hosted a meeting in Sutton St James about HGVs and other traffic breaking the village’s 30mph speed limit.
Coun Henry Neale, parish council vice chairman, said: “We’re suffering with deteriorating roads in Sutton St James and we get so many lorries through the village as well.
“A lot of them are loading and unloading at a site which is by the school where, at harvest time, there can be between eight to 15 lorries parked on the layby on Bell’s Drove, waiting to get loaded.
“We had a 40mph limit through the village and then it got taken down to 30mph.
Outside the village, we’ve had several crashes where traffic has been coming into village at anything up to 60 or 70mph
“But outside Sutton St James, we’ve had several road crashes where traffic has been coming into village at anything up to 60 or 70mph.
“Hopefully, the new equipment will take the speeders off the road and give people at the junction of the B1165 and Bell’s Drove a few more seconds to take the right sort of action.”
A group of volunteers and parish councillors will be responsible for putting up the device, with directions for its use provided by Lincolnshire County Council’s highways department.
A parish council statement said: “The speed indicator device will be transferred between permanently fixed mounting plates at various points in the village.”