SPEED cameras could be the answer to Eversley's longstanding traffic problems.

The parish council is hoping new moves by Hampshire County Council may lessen acknowledged dangers on the village's busy roads.

Hampshire police — once opposed to the use of speed fixed cameras — now state that following concern over the high number of speed-related casualties on the county's roads, they have government approval for increased use of cameras.

Under new legislation, a government-approved funding system has undergone trials by police forces in the UK.

It is based on the aim of reducing road casualties and the key objective is not to prosecute drivers but to reduce speed and traffic light violation, making roads safer.

The cameras are a distinctive yellow and there are clear warning signs.

Eversley Parish Council and local residents have been concerned for many yeas about traffic in the village, which is on a through route to Reading.

The council felt at its meeting last week that the village had dangerous roads but not the casualty rate the system is hinged on.

"Our problem is that we want cameras to deter speeding so that people feel safe to use the roads and to improve the quality of life in the village. Fortunately we have not had casualties," said chairman, Philip Todd.

"Our hope is that we can get Hampshire to see the situation from the angle that speed management in general would reduce the risk of accidents.

"Cameras in the village would certainly deter the drivers who currently use it as a fast cut-through, but only if we were the only place to have them."

The council is writing to ask Hampshire County Council to make the position regarding the cameras clearer.

Hart councillor for Eversley, Hugo Eastwood, commented: "The heart of the problem has always been the speed of the traffic through Eversley."

Cllr Eastwood, who is also a governor of Charles Kingsley's School in the centre of the village, felt a camera outside the school would be ideal.

"There is a blind bend on Reading Road at its junction with Glaston Hill Road, just on the school access," he said. "It is a bad area and there have been accidents. At the moment we are trying to encourage parents to write individual letters to the highway authority to get more safety measures."