Speeding slows down at Hele?

Pictured by the new sign at Hele are Councillor Geoff Fowler, Helen Lewton and daughter Imogen, Kath

Pictured by the new sign at Hele are Councillor Geoff Fowler, Helen Lewton and daughter Imogen, Kathy Jones, Jan Lees and David Jones. - Credit: Archant

Residents and police hope new interactive sign will cut down on motorists speeding through Ilfracombe community.

RESIDENTS at Hele Bay in Ilfracombe are hoping a strategically placed ‘flasher’ will encourage passing motorists to cut back on their speed.

A new flashing 30mph sign has been put at the top of the hill on Watermouth Road, warning traffic to slow down before a dangerous bend as the road drops into Hele.

Following complaints from residents, the police, county council and Hele Residents Community Association worked together to get the vehicle activated sign, which warns drivers to slow down if they are going above the speed limit.

PCSO Karen Grant and PC Mark Gould have been working with residents to monitor speeding in the area during the past year and with evidence gathered, funding was provided by County Councillor Geoff Fowler from his locality budget.


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Cliff Boyen, 86, has lived at Hele for many years and has contacted the authorities on numerous occasions to raise concern about the speeding black spot.

“Over the years, three cars that I know of have been written off while parked because vehicles come down the hill to fast and hit the wall,” he said.

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“The turn into the business park is also a place where numerous accidents have happened. I am pleased to see the sign is there, after such a long wait.”

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