Back in August the South Ferndown Residents Association (SFRA) reported on the successful implementation of an extension to the 30mph zone in Ringwood road. (Click here to see original report).
This speed limit extension followed a long campaign by both residents and Ferndown Town Councillors. The subsequent consultations with Dorset Highways Agency were productive. Dorset Highways agency listened, did the research and found enough money in the budget to implement the changes.
But there was a hiccup.
In late September, in the comments section of the original SFRA report Tim Anderson flagged up some serious issues with the implementation.
His comment reads:
This has been terribly managed! Where are the signs warning drivers that the limit has been lowered after the Church road lights? Surely it isn’t legal to just remove the 40 signs and expect us to know they’ve changed it.
Tim was right. There were problems.
Members of the SFRA have over a two year period, built up a good working relationship with what was the EDCC and is now Dorset Council.
Consequently Gary Troman of the South Ferndown Residents Association contacted Mike Potter , the Road Safety Manager at Dorset Highways Agency.
Mike Potter did a survey and confirmed Tim’s observations.
Subsequently Mike wrote to Gary and the SFRA explaining his findings and what would now be done.
His letter (with his permission) is recorded below.
The new 30mph limit on Ringwood Road became effective on 20 September.
I understand that temporary signs similar to the image below to give people warning were due to be installed… I now know that this isn’t the case and can only apologise. I have asked that this be reviewed and we install such signs at either end of the new 30mph limit section. Unfortunately I cannot offer a firm date for when these signs will be installed but we will endeavor to do so soon.
Other permanent signs should have been installed either side of the fixed speed camera… image below. I do not know if these have been installed. I will be checking to see if these signs are in place this evening. If they are not in place I will make arrangements for them to be installed as per initial works order.
The speed camera is not yet operational to enforce the 30mph limit. Dorset Police do not routinely enforce newly reduced speed limits to allow for a period of ‘settling in’.
Dorset Police are in the process of upgrading fixed camera sites across Dorset (including BCP council area). The camera on Ringwood Road will be included within the review and will be set up to enforce the 30mph limit in time. I do not yet know when this will be.
I hope to be able to resolve your concerns regarding awareness of the new 30mph limit soon.
So a pro-active response by a local resident (Tim Anderson) who pointed out significant issues in his comment on the original SFRA article has resulted in those problems being promptly addressed by Dorset Highways.
So thank you Tim!
Without your input which triggered our Gary Troman at the SFRA to report your query to Dorset Highways these problems may have festered for months.
Also thanks to Mike Potter of Dorset Highways for his prompt action on this issue.
Every agency, company and person in the land makes mistakes. The critical measure of their efficiency is how quickly they then address those issues and put them right.
Above all it just goes to show:
When we all work together, things get done!