Ducks’ deaths lead to campaign to slow down speeding drivers in Fareham road

Ron Cox  next to the new speed limit reminder sign which was installed in Salterns Lane, Fareham.''Picture: Sarah Standing (141309-3818) PPP-140105-155938001
Ron Cox next to the new speed limit reminder sign which was installed in Salterns Lane, Fareham.''Picture: Sarah Standing (141309-3818) PPP-140105-155938001
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A FLASHING speed limit reminder sign has been put up in a road after much-loved ducks were killed by speeding drivers.

A pair of ducks that regularly walked along Salterns Lane, Fareham, were knocked down earlier this year, much to the heartbreak of residents.

Residents Ron and Thelma Cox, both retired, blamed the deaths on drivers rat-running to skip the traffic lights on Gosport Road.

They said the problem has got increasingly worse over the years, with drivers travelling at speed down the 30mph limit road – often in-between the road humps.

Mr Cox, 80, said: ‘The lorries are the worst, they just straddle the bumps. And the motorbikes and mopeds whizz by.’

Nature lover Mrs Cox, 75, contacted The News after discovering ducks that she regularly fed – which she had nicknamed Crispy and Quacky – had been killed.

There is now just one lone duck – nicknamed Cracker –that visits her garden, which is a welcoming home for nature.

Mr Cox said: ‘All the kids used to come down here to see them. It was sad to see them go.

‘This year the traffic has definitely got worse. They come tearing through this way.

‘Last year another duck was killed.

‘The only alternative would be to put a camera in, or get the traffic cops down here, I’m sure they will catch more than a few.’

Mrs Cox added that one neighbour had even started to get cracks in their house due to the weight of lorries rumbling by at speed.

When Fareham Borough Council heard about the ducks’ deaths, they decided to put up flashing speed limit reminder signs in the hope of slowing down speeding motorists. Paul Doran, director of environmental services at the council, said: ‘We were made aware that residents at Salterns Lane were concerned about the diminished safety of 
other road users caused by drivers exceeding the speed limit.

‘To help raise awareness of the roads 30mph speed restriction and encourage drivers to slow down we have installed speed limit reminder signs.

‘If residents inform us of the need for a temporary signs we can organise for these to be put in place, as long as there is a lamppost available to mount it to.’

The sign went up last week and was welcomed by Mr and Mrs Cox.

Mr Cox said: ‘It’s good to see the council doing something.

‘I just hope it works and people take notice.’