The Parish Council regularly considers issues relating to our road network at its meetings. Improvements to the road surfaces of both Stony Lane, Peaceful Lane and Holwell Drove have been made recently. Other problems including potholes and surface water due to road subsidence have been reported to the County Council. If residents spot a problem that relates to the roads this can be reported on the dorsetforyou website where you will be given a reference number and be able to track the proposed action. www.dorsetforyou.com
To see the latest travel and transport e-newsletter from Dorset Highways, use the following link https://mailchi.mp/dorsetcc.gov.uk/august-2018
The speed of traffic through the village has been a source of complaint for many years and various solutions have been proposed. After considerable pressure from both the Parish Council and individual residents, permission was given for the establishment of a Community Speedwatch Scheme. A group of volunteers has been equipped with a speedgun and are able to report speeding vehicles to the police who will follow up their reports by letter or, for repeat offenders, by a personal visit.
Dorset Police No Excuse team attended Holwell on Friday 18th January due to complaints received from residents and also to support the community speed watch team.
Within minutes the first driver was stopped for 39MPH They admitted that they had received a letter from community speed watch in the past for speeding along the same road. They were offered a driver awareness course.
Another was stopped for 42MPH. They were late dropping their kids off at school, they are a resident of Holwell and see other people speeding all the time there. They were also offered a driver awareness course.
A further local resident who was stopped for 41MPH, is already on nine points for speeding and having no insurance in the past. They were offered a driver awareness course and hopefully will learn to keep within the speed limit as this is their final chance before facing a court appearance.
In total, five drivers were stopped in the short space of time Officers were in Holwell.
This should send out a clear message that speeding in Holwell will not be tolerated