OMBERSLEY is to get a mobile speed camera after concerns were raised about "unacceptable" high speeds in the village.

The Safer Roads Partnership in West Mercia is launching a new mobile speed enforcement site on Main Road in Ombersley, in direct response to concerns raised by local residents about the speed of vehicles travelling along the 30mph road.

The new site launches next week and forms part of the Safer Roads Partnership’s Community

Concern programme, which responds to community requests for speed enforcement. Local residents raised their concerns through their local parish council, who then brought it to the attention of the partnership and asked for action to be taken.

Anna Higgins, communications manager at the Safer Roads Partnership said: “We are launching a new community concern enforcement site in Ombersley to address the high level of concern in the local community. The speed data we collected in the area highlighted unacceptably high speeds; approximately half of all drivers are exceeding the speed limit and 15 per cent of vehicles travel above 38.6mph.

“We hope that the presence of a speed camera will encourage drivers to change their behaviour and drive at a lower, safer speed. This will help to improve the quality of life for people living in the area and improve the safety of the road for all those who use it.”

Speed data will be collected while the site is in operation to assess the impact upon traffic speed and driver behaviour.

The Safer Roads Partnership is part of Warwickshire Police and West Mercia Police and works with partner agencies to reduce casualties and make the roads safer across Herefordshire, Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin, Warwickshire and Worcestershire through targeted communication, education and training together with enforcement.