Campaigners criticise New Forest camera decision

A man whose daughter’s ponies were killed on a notorious stretch of road in the New Forest has called a decision not to install speed cameras “the cheap option”.

After an investigation into the potential effectiveness of cameras on Roger Penny Way in Hampshire, the County Council has decided that the road does not meet the criteria for cameras.

The Daily Echo reports Roger Penny Way is among the worst roads in the district for accidents involving free-roaming animals and speed checks have revealed that many motorists using the route are failing to comply with the 40mph restriction.

Mark Ferrett, whose daughter Katie owned the ponies that died, has condemned the decision not to install speed cameras.

Referring to discussions that have taken place over the past three years he told the local paper: “All the parties agreed the cameras would be right way forward. They have gone for the cheap option. Very sad approach.”

The county council’s executive lead member for universal services, Cllr Nick Adams-King, told the newspaper: “At the request of local residents and groups, an investigation into the practicalities of locating average speed cameras on Roger Penny Way has been undertaken.

“This included an analysis of collisions on this route in recent years.

“Following this, Hampshire & Isle of Wight Constabulary has now confirmed this stretch of road does not meet the specific national criteria for the installation of permanent speed cameras.”

The force is supporting community speed watch on the road and says there may be mobile enforcement implemented.

(Picture – Google Streetview)


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