Councillor Richard Mayo was delighted that fellow Town Councillors agreed to investigate the siting of Speed Indicator Devices, (SIDS) at various locations around the Town.
At the meeting of Ross Town Council on Monday, February 13th, Councillor Mayo proposed instructing Balfour Beatty to carry out the initial evaluation and traffic survey of sites on Ledbury Road, Walford Road, Alton Street and Hildersley. The proposed expenditure for each site would be about £500, which Cllr Mayo suggested could come from the Council’s general reserves at an approximate cost of £2,000.
He explained that this does not include the cost of installing the posts for the SIDs or the devices which would also need to be purchased. Councillor Mayo suggested that the Town Council could purchase their own SIDs at a lower cost than using Balfour Beatty but the initial surveys have to be carried out by Balfour Beatty.
Councillor Caroline Utting said that surverys had recently been carried out by the police who had made suggestions about the siting of SIDs. She asked if it is possible these could be used rather that duplicating work already done.
The Town Council has a sub-committee looking at speeding and road safety and the majority of Councillors voted in favour of the committee taking on this proposal.
After the meeting Cllr Mayo told the Ross Gazette: “I receive more complaints about speeding vehicles than almost any other issue so I am delighted that most of the town council supported my motion to start the process of getting SIDS installed at various points around the town. This is only the first step but, with the council’s backing we will see these cameras installed in the near future which will reduce the speed of cars on some of our busiest roads.
“This is another example of the town council being proactive about improving Ross-on-Wye for residents and visitors.”