MP STEVE Brine met Itchen Stoke Speedwatch team as he learnt more about their work and search for volunteers.

He joined the group, led by parish council chairman David Cook, on the village green as they monitored traffic through the village.

Mr Cook said: “The B3047 running through Itchen Stoke carries more than 60,000 vehicle movements a month. This volume, comprising the full range of vehicle types, passes through a pinch point in the village where there are no street lights, no pavements or verges where residents can safely avoid traffic.

“There is a clear danger to people, including children, who walk to catch buses or go about their normal daily business and indeed walkers who follow the Itchen Way which follows a section of the road through the village. This is particularly evident during winter months when darkness and bad weather make driving safely so much more challenging.”

Serious concerns about speeding provided the catalyst to form in April 2014 a Community Speedwatch (CSW) Team with volunteers vetted and trained by the police.

Since its inception, evidence suggests that the number of speeding motorists has reduced by some 60 per cent. Most drivers keep within the 30 mph limit but some do not seem to care.

Mr Brine said: “It was great to see this work in situ and to meet some members of the team.”